Williams continues her reign as “Miss Involved”
Behind the Whiteboard: Christine Williams
November 29, 2016
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Most students at La Serna have had their high school career shaped in some way, by the fountain of energy that is Christine Williams. You might have had her as an adviser for Summer Bridge, Link Crew, or as a teacher for AP Psych, or World Civilizations.
The Freelancer chose to interview her to find out what contributes to making a great teacher. Williams credits her sophomore World History teacher as her inspiration to become a teacher. She describes herself as “Miss Involved” in high school, serving as ASB secretary, captain of the volleyball and softball teams, and was enrolled in all honors and AP classes.
What is the most rewarding part of teaching?
I love being witness to students growing. In my AP Psychology class, I get to witness my students gain understanding and empathy for themselves and those around them. I adore watching students help other students through Link Crew and ASB.
If you could go back to any time in history, where would you go?
I think the Enlightenment simply because I’d be a part of that eye-opening experience of understanding the world around you in a completely revolutionary way.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’m planning a Spain/Morocco trip for next summer, but I have a whole list of countries where I’d like to go.
What is your most bizarre talent?
I can crab-walk.
Like, The Exorcist style?
Describe yourself in one word.
Where do you get all your energy?
I feed off the energy of others. I just love connecting with people; that’s where I get my energy.
What’s your best memory as a student?
I had such an inspiring sophomore World History teacher. He used the content of the class to make us better human beings in the most creative ways. His projects, the way he presented information was all about trying to use it to help us grow as human beings. I remember, one of the projects was to write and perform a song about Totalitarianism and perform it in front of the class. My friends and I set it to music and did a dance routine that we’d practiced all weekend. It was awesome. It was so good that the rest of the class asked for more time to work on theirs.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would love to fly just to see all of the natural beauty of the world and to be able to travel from one place to another (without paying for plane tickets, because they’re so dang expensive). If I could fly, I’d be able to take a step back from the chaos that is life to take a break and gain perspective.
What’s your craziest memory as a teacher?
This might sound conceited, but first year I taught AP Psychology I knew nothing about psychology. I would go home crying, like twice a week because I was questioning myself as a teacher, but in the end, 100% of my students passed.