Ms. Williamitis has 11 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching 5th and 6th grade special education classes for the past three years at Irwin Intermediate School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to teaching with DoDEA, Ms. Williamitis was an Exceptional Children's Facilitator and designed and implemented special education programs for six learning communities at Scotland County High School in Scotland County, North Carolina. She was also a Case Manager, Special Education and Inclusion Teacher and taught Math, English, and Study Skills at Jack Britt High School in Cumberland County, North Carolina. As a Special Education Teacher at Seventy-First High School in Cumberland County, Ms. Williamitis taught Life Skills Math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra A&B.

Ms. Williamitis received her Associate of Arts in General Education from Edison Community College. She graduated from Methodist College (now Methodist University) with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She received her Master of Arts in Education from East Carolina University. Ms. Williamitis also earned a Master in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ms. Williamitis firmly believes that it is the responsibility of educators to prepare their students for a future of diversity, which demands the ability to learn and acquire new skills. She believes in equipping students with a "love of learning, an enthusiasm for acquiring new skills, and the ability to function and work fluidly in organizations that will demand interdependence of members who must cooperate and contribute to their goals."

2010 winner Darla Williamitis
Darla Williamitis 5th and 6th Grade Special Education Teacher
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