Henrico’s Top Teachers – Tish Williams
Deep Run H.S., exceptional education
Tish Williams can thank her dog for her successful teaching career.
Well, sort of.
Williams moved to Henrico seven years ago and was walking the pooch past Deep Run High School one day when she saw a sign on the school's marquee advertising for an instructional assistant. She was looking for a part-time job and applied.
Once she got the job, she quickly developed an appreciation for the school, its environment, students and faculty members. So she went back to school herself, obtained her teacher's certification and became a full-time teacher at Deep Run.
Now as an exceptional education teacher who works with mathematics students, she is able to use two sets of skills for which she's been trained. (She originally earned a degree in social work and served as a case manager before coming to Henrico.)
Working with students who have a variety of disabilities is challenging but rewarding for Williams.
"The most rewarding part is seeing students grow and succeed and reach their goals from year to year," she said. "I see more progress, and in social work you don't always see progress. In teaching, I sometimes see it right away."
The parents of her students see it, too.
"Tish has exceptional knowledge of special education and a passion for making a difference in the lives of her students," one nominator wrote. "Tish always makes time to help our son succeed and has found a very personal way to motivate him, when other teachers have failed to engage him."
Williams works in a collaborative setting with general education teachers, assisting students and sometimes pulling them out of class for more individualized help. She has flexibility to tailor her methods to each individual student's needs and even to try new and creative approaches as she sees fit. The goal always is to return them full-time to mainstream classes. For the students under her watch, that's often the case.
"Today we have a successful student, in mainstream classes, with most of the credit due to Ms. Williams proactive involvement and guidance," the nominator wrote. "She truly made a difference in his life."
Williams won't be job-hunting on any other marquees anytime soon.
"I will do this the rest of my career," she said. "It's a great mix, because I do get to do a little social work and I do get to learn.”
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
Varina native and Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson will appear on an episode of CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” that will air March 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Robinson, a fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, taped his appearance on the show last week. He was invited to appear on the series after producers of the show learned from an interview that he was a longtime fan. > Read more.
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