Why I Teach: ‘Knew it was my destiny’

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Helen Williams teaches first grade at Vick Elementary School.

Colleges attended: I attended Wilson Community College to earn two associate degrees, Mount Olive College for a bachelor’s degree in education and North Carolina Central for my licensure. I am currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University for a master’s in education.

Total years teaching: Seven years as a classroom teacher and 12 years prior to that as a teacher assistant

Why I Love Wilson County Schools: I’ve lived in Wilson all my life and am a product of Wilson County Schools. I graduated from Fike High School, and Wilson County Schools molded me into what I am today. I can remember all of my teachers and how each one touched my life. I taught in a different county for four years before coming home to Wilson County Schools, and I don’t ever want to be anywhere else! Wilson County Schools has high expectations for teachers, and I fully realize the huge responsibility placed on me. I will do everything I can to make sure every child receives an education that will enable him or her to be successful for the rest of their lives.

Why I Teach: I truly love children and want to see them succeed and remain lifelong learners. When I was a little girl, I used to pretend to teach. I knew it was my destiny. When children smile because they know you really care about them and only want the best for them — it makes my heart melt. I could not imagine doing anything else.