TEACHER TUESDAY BLOG
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Richard Williams: Head Football Coach and Upper School Science Teacher
What motivated and inspired you to teach? The teachers that I had in middle school and high school who helped change my path in life are the reason that I am inspired to teach. It's not what they taught me about the subject matter in their class, but rather what they taught me about myself and how they inspired me to explore outside of my comfort zone. At that time, they believed in me more than I believed in myself and pushed me into spaces and areas of learning where I did not think I belonged or could succeed.
What makes you excited to come to school every day? In my role as a Physics teacher and Varsity Head Football Coach, I am blessed with opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students; that is why I am excited to come to ESD every day. Every single day is filled with abundant opportunities to impact students, either in the classroom, lunch room, hallway, or on the athletic fields. The sense of purpose and gratification that results from positively impacting kids is addictive and every morning I wake up on a mission to find more opportunities to do just that.
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? I want my students to learn that the only limits they have are the ones they place on themselves. Additionally, I want them to realize that they each own unique talents and qualities that make them special.
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! My favorite hobby is working on my ranch, raising cattle and bailing hay. My recipe for happiness is a pair of jeans, boots, and a tractor! I have raised registered Limousin cattle (French breed) and baled round hay bales for over 25 years and plan to continuing doing so after this teaching/coaching gig is up.
What is your favorite book and why? Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson, which is about successfully dealing with change in your work and in life. This is a book that I first read during my time in the corporate world when Exxon and Mobil merged to form ExxonMobil. I have just kicked off my sixth year working here and as part of ESD's continued growth and ongoing improvement, I have experienced three Heads of School, three Heads of Upper School, and four Athletic Directors. As a result, this book has been a life saver and one that I refer to often!
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? 1) My dad as he is still very much missed since his passing last year and I miss his advice on being a good husband, father, and coach. 2) My wife because we don't get to have dinner together very often due to the demands of being Varsity Head Football Coach. 3) African American folk hero, John Henry, as his story was of great inspiration to me growing up.
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