Courtney Williams is an industrial technology teacher at Center Grove High School.
Reporter Magen Kritsch recently asked her the following questions:
Why did you become a teacher?
Teaching was actually not my first choice. I originally thought architecture was for me, but after looking at the program, I decided against it. I then thought elementary education was for me, so I started there with a concentration in technology education. After getting into the hands-on, problem-solving classes, I fell in love.
How long have you been teaching?
This is technically my first official year of teaching, but last year I was a full-time substitute for half of a year at Muncie Central High School. I also taught part time for three semesters at Ball State University.
Name one thing you have learned from a student.
The biggest thing students have taught me is that sometimes all they want is someone to talk to and for someone to care about them.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Some of the best advice I have received is to try to personalize lessons to the student’s interests. If a student is interested in what they are learning they are much more engaged.
If you were giving a high school graduation speech, what would be the highlights of your speech?
Although you can’t wait to get out of school and move on to the next stage of your life, it’s important to live in the moment because it goes fast and you can’t get that back. It’s also important that you learn from your past and never regret anything you do.
What is your favorite website?
I’m obsessed with checking my email, so I’d have to say Gmail/Outlook.
How many texts do you send in a month?
I honestly have no idea, but probably too many.
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
A lot! But I only wear a select few.
Describe your morning routine.
First I take care of my puppy. Then it’s all about me, and once I’m ready to go I typically have a little time left over to play with my puppy. Then it’s to school to get ready for the students.
Who are the top three artists on your iPod?
Taylor Swift, Usher and Stevie Ray Vaughan