Recent University of Washington College of Education graduate Taylor Williams is one of only 32 teachers in the nation selected to the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation's 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows.
Williams, who earned his teaching certification from UW in 2013, joins some of the nation's most talented, early-career science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers as a KTSF Teaching Fellow.
KSTF seeks to improve STEM education by building a stable, sustainable cadre of networked leading teachers, who are trained and supported as leaders from the beginning of their careers. The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program—the Foundation’s signature program—offers stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for leadership development and mentoring for early career STEM teachers through a comprehensive five-year fellowship. With an emphasis on inquiry and collaboration, the Teaching Fellows Program empowers participants to advance their teaching practice and student learning, while leading from the classroom.
"I believe that teachers have a huge opportunity to permanently impact each student they encounter," Williams said. "In addition, teachers should be active in leading change in the public education system from within, by modeling a profession based on competency, self-reflection and continual learning."
After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering, Williams decided to pursue a career in teaching through UW's Accelerated Certification for Teaching program.
This fall, he will begin his third year of teaching at Todd Beamer High School, located in Federal Way, Wash.
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