For the love of teaching | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 7, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm
By By LORI BEARD
Jenny Williams was sitting in her third-grade class and then, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She loved everything about it. The chalkboard, the teacher edition books, Williams loved everything that her teacher did.
Williams was born and raised in Colleton County. She still lives here today with her husband and two children, doing what she loves — teaching.
After graduating from Walterboro High School in 1995, she wanted to stay close to home and get an education degree so she attended Charleston Southern University. Her senior year, she earned Senior Elementary Major of the Year.
Williams did her student teaching and senior practicum at Windsor Hill Elementary in Dorchester District II and after graduation, she taught second grade there for two years. Her first year, she earned “Rookie Teacher of the Year.”
Her next job was back in Colleton at Black Street Elementary, where she taught third grade for five years.
By then she was married and expecting her first child, Matthew. Williams planned to stay home for a year with him; however, one year turned into six. After six years home and the addition of her daughter, Madelyn, to the family, she was ready to get back to work teaching.
In 2011, she returned to teaching at Colleton Preparatory Academy and brought her two children with her.
Both Williams’ children still attend Colleton Prep. “A big perk is being off with my kids. It means a lot, especially as a mother,” Williams said.
Williams also earned her master’s degree in education along with being certified as a SCISA Master Teacher.
While she is not teaching, Williams enjoys spending time with her family. She likes to walk and run when she can. However, most of the time she has is spent with her husband going along with their children to their sporting events and activities. She’s also actively involved in her church, Rice Patch Christian, in Islandton, where she continues her love of teaching in the Sunday school.
Williams also has a lifetime love for the Gamecocks, dating back to when she was a young girl when she and her father spent lots of time together going to Gamecock events.