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Broward County Teacher of the Year Believes in Hard Work

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Broward County Teacher of the Year 2005
Mr. Frederick Williams with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Till


"Being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in our country," said Frederick Williams. "It is a noble profession, and educating our children is one of the greatest and most important investments of time and money for creating a brighter future."

It is this outlook on the profession and the many years of hard work and dedication that have earned Frederick Williams the honor of being named Broward County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2005.

Williams has been an educator for 22 years, the last 17 here in Broward County. Since 2001, he has been teaching 11th and 12th-grade students at McFatter Technical High School in Davie. Williams earned his Bachelor's and two Master's degrees from Florida State University. In his more than two decades as an educator, he has developed a teaching philosophy that is based on: learning to use one's mind; student as worker and teacher as coach; tone of decency and trust; and demonstration of mastery.

"My course is very reading-intensive and requires many hours of preparation before a class lecture or skill demonstration," he said. "My students are aware of my expectations and I am committed to providing the resources necessary for them to be successful."

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Mr. Frederick Williams with Jane Koszoru, Broward County Teacher of the Year 2004

Williams is a teacher of technology at McFatter Technical High. Working with the latest technology and preparing his students to work in that field, he knows a level of trust must be built between his students and himself that is different than a regular class. As part of their coursework, his students are given computer passwords and granted computer network access that in other circumstances might allow a student to "crash" the computer system.

But that isn't an option in his class. Williams' students are fully aware of the trust he places in them and they make sure they don't violate that trust. In fact, his students have been entrusted to be computer technicians at nearby schools, to help other students with any computer problems they may be experiencing. And that program has proven so successful that it is being expanded to help even more schools this year, as well as provide additional leadership roles and experiences for his students.

Along with his students, Williams works with his fellow teachers to help new educators and revitalize experienced teachers. He's been a Peer Teacher/New Educator Support System (NESS) Coach for teachers at Plantation High, and he is the NESS Coach for the Computer Programming Instructor at McFatter.

"These opportunities allow me to share my experiences and provide a demonstrative outline of teaching that has proven successful," Williams said. "My knowledge of the subject matter has helped me develop and share effective classroom techniques and teaching strategies that can be used by beginning teachers who can later refine them as they grow with experience."