VICENZA, ITALY — February 22, 2021 — Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Europe South Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney announced the selection of Cheryl Williams as the DoDEA Europe South District 2022 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Brahaney shared that, “Ms. Williams has proven to be a superior teacher so closely focused on the individual needs of students, building on their strengths to improve learning”.
Ms. Williams is an energetic teacher at Sevilla Elementary Middle School on Moron Air Base, Moron de la Frontera, Spain, for the last six years. She often refers to herself as the small group specialist, since she is the special education resource teacher, the English Students of Other Languages teacher, the Advanced Academic Program Services resource teacher, and Art Enrichment teacher. She has taken on numerous leadership roles such as the Focus Collaboration leader, CSI Chair, Site Literacy Leader, and more.
Before coming to Sevilla EMS, Ms. Williams was the Gifted Teacher at Jack N. Darby Elementary School in Sasebo, Japan, for five years. There she taught a STEM class and an Art Enrichment Program. She believes all students have talents, and we must find ways for them to show them. Ms. Williams started a variety of after school programs for students to share their talents, like Ceramics Club, Drama Club, Odyssey of the Mind, and Live Action Role Play (LARPing). At Jack N. Darby ES, Ms. Williams was the CSI chair for the school for several years, learning how to develop a culture focused on student-driven success.
Ms. Williams spent seven years teaching in Las Vegas before joining DoDEA. She taught first grade and special education at Title 1 schools. She also was a site based Special Education coordinator. She holds a Master's degree in Education with a TESOL certification and a Master's degree in Special Education with a secondary certification in Gifted Education.
Ms. Williams now moves on to the DoDEA Teacher of the Year program.