2014 ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service
FACS Teacher & FCCLA Advisor
Horseshoe Bend School
New Site, Alabama
ACTE sat down with Felicia after the ACTE Awards Banquet during CareerTech VISION.
As a family and consumer sciences teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) sponsor at Horseshoe Bend School (grades K-12), Felicia Williams has brought positive attention to her school with her students' award-winning service projects. One of her students' most successful projects started as an anti-bullying presentation for second-graders that incorporated puppets, activities and games. The project began in response to a student survey indicating that bullying was on the rise in Williams' school, and aimed to provide younger students with the skills to cope with bullying situations. After receiving a perfect score and a gold medal at the national FCCLA competition, Williams and her students were featured in a local newspaper article, and shortly after were asked to present to 750 students at a neighboring school. Invigorated by the project's success, Williams' students expanded the project to address fifth- and sixth-grade students by creating a video about the different types of bullying. The project went on to receive state and national awards, including a $500 award that the team used to sponsor a speaker to come talk to students about "the power of one."
In addition to the anti-bullying project, Williams has also organized a Pink Fashion Show to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, helped collect and deliver donated items to schools affected by tornadoes, and coordinated the cake walk at her school's Fall Festival. New Site's former mayor said, "Ms. Williams sets very high standards for herself and for her students, and her commitment to excellence has really benefited our town and the communities serviced by Horseshoe Bend School."
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