Welcome to Early College English 10 & 11 with Mr. Williams!
Meet the TeacherWelcome to my Michigan City High School teacher site. Thanks for stopping by! After many different experiences and careers following my 1988 graduation from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA), I made the decision to fulfill the longtime-goal of teaching high school English. I transitioned from Corporate America to the world of public high school education through my obtaining a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from National-Louis University (Chicago, IL) in 2004. Thus far, my career has included stops in Memphis, TN (White Station High School), Denver, CO (George Washington High School, Brady High School), and most recently since 2015, Michigan City. Along the way, I have taught a wide range of courses to a wide range of students. The courses include: American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Mythology, World Literature, Film Analysis, Speech and AP Language and Composition. I am passionate about English, specifically the intricacies and subtleties of the English language and the way in which people use the language to communicate, for better and for worse. While I would hardly consider myself a voracious reader, I have a deep appreciation for- and understanding of- the role context plays in literature and how that helps to develop the deeper meaning of literature. Because of this, students sometimes remind me, "This isn't a History class." Because of my educational background, I find it difficult (and in my opinion, incorrect) to separate literature and history. In my "perfect world" scenario, there would be a single Humanities class rather than an English class and a History class.My personal life revolves around my wife, Erin, our two children, Zach (b. 2009) and Lydia (b. 2014), our dog, Otis (b. 2007), and, whenever the opportunity presents itself, downhill skiing, cycling and most any other kind of adventure. I am grateful for the opportunities to be actively involved in my neighborhood homeowners association, a local conservation effort, as well as my church's vestry. I feel like my Dad was probably most responsible for instillng in me the philosophy of "work hard, play hard" and as such, there is rarely a dull moment in my most-fortunate life.