Outstanding Professionals Across the State

 Crystal Williams New

Name: Crystal Williams 
Hometown: Memphis, TN
School: Bailey Station Elementary School, Collierville Schools
Grades Taught: Preschool-5th grade
Average # of Students per Class: 25

What do you love most about teaching?
I love teaching because I get the opportunity to make a positive impact on many students’ lives.  I make a positive impact by teaching them and being someone they can count on.  One way I make a positive impact daily is by greeting my students with a smile.  I believe a smile can change someone’s day.

What would someone see if they were to walk into your classroom?
They would see a welcoming environment where students are ready to learn.  Also, they would see students moving and having fun.  My classroom environment is made possible because of my innovative teaching style and growth mindset.

What are you most proud of regarding your Physical Education program?
I’m proud to have a program where my students are superstars.  I give my students many opportunities to show their superstar capabilities.  A few examples are they create their own videos for fitness routines, overhand throwing infomercials, and more.  I provide them with chances to be camera people, sports commentators for their own podcast, and coaches. Also, they were featured in my physical education rap video, heart rate monitor video, and on my teamwork t-shirt.  If you ask any of my students if they are famous, they would say yes.  This lets me know I have a program that builds confident students.

What advice would you give a new Physical Education teacher?
I would tell them to build relationships with their students.  Students will care and learn more when they know you care about them.  A caring environment will make students love your class.  Also, I would tell them always give your students your best.  Your students can tell when you put time and effort into a lesson.  The last thing I would tell them is build a positive relationship with your co-workers especially if you have a partner in your classroom.