1991 - K.C. Williams
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
From "Oklahoma Supreme Court Names Teacher; School of the Year" by Kelly Curtright
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will recognize Edmond Santa Fe High School AP Government teacher, K.C. Williams, as Teacher of the Year and Marlow High School as School of the Year at an awards ceremony Monday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom at the State Capitol building.
"I believe we have the finest LRE program in America. As a result, we have outstanding schools and teachers who compete each year for the awards we present. Accordingly, we honor the best of the best," said Chief Justice James R. Winchester.
As the Teacher of the Year, Williams will receive a $1,000 stipend and a trophy for his excellence in teaching citizenship skills.
Williams is involved in [a prison inmate program], among many other programs, which visit his classroom each semester to give a strong message about the importance of choices in life. Williams "encourages students to be a valuable resource in the community by introducing the students to male inmates to teach the students the consequences of their actions." The students recently completed a letter writing campaign through the "Speak-Out Program" to Governor Henry and the pardon and parole board in hope of getting an inmate released.
"The ultimate goal is for the student to realize that being actively involved in the community and society benefits all. Hopefully, the students realize that learning goes beyond the pages of a book," said Williams.
Williams was nominated by many of his peers, including Kathleen Duncan, who is a member of the Edmond Public School Board and former teacher whose daughter attended Williams' class.
"By interjecting humor and human interest stories in his lesson plans, he literally brought history and civics to life every day for these teenagers," she said.
"After class was over many times the students were so involved in solving the problem that they did not want to go to their next class."
In her nomination form, Edmond Public School Social Studies Curriculum Consultant Pamela Merrill said she was confident Williams is one of the finest representatives of classroom teachers.
Williams is a '91 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, where he played varsity basketball player and was a Social Studies education major. He was also involved in missions, participating twice in the United Kingdom campaign with Dr. John Maple.
Dr. Maple says the following of Williams: "He was genuine, humble, reliable, a real servant. No matter what I asked of him, I knew KC would respond positively. Since I had the privilege of working closely with KC, I'm not surprised that these character traits should carry over to his work as a teacher, and that he should be recognized for his outstanding efforts."