Andy Williams

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  • What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me

    I believe it means to consistently guide students to ask the questions of "Why?" and "How?" rather than only "What?". To move as educators from being the "sage on the stage" to the "Guide on the side" and assist students in taking ownership of their learning and curiosity. Along with this we should be focusing on helping foster communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Lastly, I believe that it means to help students create real world and personal connections to their learning through exploration of the aforementioned statements.

  • A Teachable Moment

    Mine is rather simple. Being in high school choir is what helped me break out of my shell, shed my shyness, and develop self confidence and discipline. I became a student leader and with that came an opportunity to either be a part of a two week study hall or take charge and help prepare my choir for an upcoming tour in the absence of our teacher. Needless to say I put in a lot of hard work and extra hours to essentially teach the class and help prepare a large amount of music and this showed me what I should do for a career that I would enjoy at a time when I had no idea what to do. I know Forestry will miss me, but I found my calling.

  • What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me

    The most influential leaders in my life have enthusiasm and expertise in subject matter, and delivered both of those with humility. I inspire to continue to be a leader with passion about education, knowledge of the best instructional practices, while treating everyone I come across with respect and empathy for their individual differences. Modeling positive relationships, a dedication for educating every student, putting students in front of decisions, and inspiring others to lead within the school is Igniting Passion and Discovery.

  • A Teachable Moment

    Or moments... Every year brings new experiences, new students, new emotions as an educator. I have been at Lakes for ten years, and I have not ever been in a moment when I have lost myself in such reflection as I did on this year's Prom. Perhaps it was the conversations I had with colleagues, parents, or seeing all of the students dressed so eloquently. Regardless I lost myself in that moment. I am proud of our students. There is something to be said about character and who we are as individuals, what is in you that will take us places after we conclude our education. I watched several moments when our students went out of their to make their peers feel welcome, included, accepted, a part of our family without even blinking. That is everything. For those students as well as for ourselves, it matters. Keep being considerate, kind, and compassionate towards others, you are touching more than just your peers. You are touching the educators around you. I feel blessed everyday to be able to be a part of my students's lives.

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  • Wednesday, August 10

    In-class satire assessment—timed writing

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    Download Modern Poetry Assignment
  • Friday, August 26

    School Begins!

    School Begins!

  • Wednesday, August 24

    Teacher Summit

    Getting ready for school.

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    Community High School District 117

    1625 Deep Lake Road

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-395-9001

    Fax: 847-395-7553

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    Antioch Community High School

    1133 Main Street

    Antioch, Illinois 60002

    Phone: 847-395-1421

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    Lakes Community High School

    1600 Eagle Way Drive

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-838-7100

    Fax: 847-838-3670