The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was thrilled to honor its September Teacher of the Month, Brandon Williams of Friday, September 8, 2017. Mr. Williams teaches 7th Grade Math at T.A. Howard Middle School.
Mr. Williams accepted the award with amazing anecdotal stories on his philosophy of teaching, how he became a teacher and gave thanks to God and his mother for the blessings and the influence on his life.
Mr. Williams started teaching in his hometown of Tyler, Texas. He was inspired to become an educator by his 5th grade math teacher. Originally hired as a science teacher, Mr. Williams requested that he be reassigned to math since he believed that math was his true calling. His principal eventually relented and Mr. Williams found himself teaching math at an elementary school struggling to meet its mandated academic achievements.
Mr. Williams recalled his first year teaching and the challenges it presented that included many observations by TISD staff. These challenges helped him fine tune his craft and at the end of the year his students had a 96% pass rate for the Texas STAAR test, the highest pass rate in TISD for his grade level and subject.
After a brief time away from teaching, Mr. Williams returned to the classroom when he accepted the position of 7th grade math teacher at T.A. Howard Middle School 3 years ago.
Dr. Maria Gamell and other Howard administrators attended the award ceremony. Dr. Gamell informed the Club of the key role that Mr. Williams plays at Howard not just as a math teacher, but as a mentor and role model to the boys at the school.
Thank you Mr. Williams for your commitment to the children of Mansfield and congratulations on being named as the Mansfield Kiwanis the Teacher of the Month!