This award has given me the opportunity to reflect on the many educators, mentors, and students that have shaped me into the teacher I am today. I am inspired to continue striving to be a model of lifelong learning and perseverance for my students. It is an honor to be recognized in a field where countless educators extend themselves above and beyond the parameters of their job responsibilities each and every day. I am truly humbled.

Brenda Williams Argyle, TX | K-6, Science, 2018

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Brenda Williams has been an educator for 20 years and spent the last year teaching fourth and fifth grade STEM at Argyle Intermediate School. Previously, she taught fifth grade science for seven years at Argyle Intermediate. She has also taught in DeSoto and Lewisville Independent School Districts. Brenda has facilitated professional development at the Texas Regional Collaborative (TRC) for science teachers at the University of North Texas and was the keynote speaker for the statewide 2015 TRC annual meeting. She was named Argyle Independent School District Teacher of the Year, a two-time finalist for the HEB Excellence in Education Award, a recipient of the Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, a Texas PTA Lifetime Member, and was recognized by the Texas Senate for excellence in science teaching. Brenda has written curriculum that integrates inquiry-based activities with rigorous hands-on experiments and investigations, leading her school’s fifth grade students to earning distinction designations for their outstanding scores on the yearly state-mandated science test. Brenda earned a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Nebraska, a M.Ed., with honors, in science education from Northeastern State University-Oklahoma, a certificate from the NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Program and is a certified elementary school teacher.