E.P. Rayzor's Becky Williams Named 2018 Jostens Elementary Teacher of the Year
During Denton Independent School District’s annual celebration of teaching excellence, Ms. Becky Williams was named the overall Jostens Elementary Teacher of the Year. The fifth-grade science teacher from E.P. Rayzor Elementary School was tapped from the 23 individual campus nominees. She will represent the district at the Region XI ESC competition.
“I truly want each of my students and colleagues to know, value and grow from their own personal strengths,” said Ms. Williams in her required essay on teaching philosophy.
Ms. Williams, a known weather enthusiast, said her own personal teaching style can be summed up in what she calls productive struggle.
She explained, “Productive struggle, the learning pit, the power of yet, ‘It’s a good day to be wrong’ and ‘Now what?’ are the significant threads embedded throughout the learning experience that promote a growth mindset in each of my students.”
Her teaching is rooted in serving others and being collaborative, so much so that she was nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) by her principal, Mrs. Mary Dunlevy.
Mrs. Williams has been in education for more than 20 years and is completing her 11th year with the district. She began her career in education in 1993 with Carrollton Farmer’s Branch ISD, where she was named Sheffield Intermediate School’s Teacher of the Year after only three years of teaching.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas.
Mrs. Williams and her husband, Kraig, are raising two sons who both attend Guyer High School.
Each elementary and secondary school in the Denton ISD nominates one teacher for teacher of the year. Members of the district's Teachers Communication Committee (TCC) then review the nominees and select one elementary and one secondary teacher to move on to the Region XI Teacher of the Year Competition.
Nominated teachers must have been teaching in the Denton ISD for no less than three consecutive years and not have been nominated as a campus winner for the past five years.
Jostens was named the district’s official partner of the award as company officials wanted to recognize all the educators receiving the honor by donating a gold ring to each teacher. In all, Jostens’ contributions to the award are valued at more than $30,000.