Sharing my passion of learning as a way of life is my mission. My work is done without waves, every day, challenging my students to experience the excitement and thrill of discovery. I often wonder, 'Am I doing enough? How can I improve?' The Presidential Award is the recognition of the value of my work and an encouragement to continue to grow. It is an award I owe to every student whose needs or curiosity challenge me, to better myself, and to the excellent educators around me who inspire me.

Huguette Williams Sevierville, TN | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Huguette Williams has been teaching at Sevier County High School for the entirety of her 15-year career. She currently teaches 10th-12th grade Algebra 2, both standard and honors levels, and Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus. Huguette has embraced the AP program, believing that students should challenge themselves to achieve at higher levels than just the requirements. She has flipped two of her classes. Students watch video lessons as their homework, allowing them to use one hundred percent of their time in class to explore, practice, apply, and discuss mathematical ideas and concepts. In the spirit of challenging young minds and pushing them to excel, she leads the Mu Alpha Theta (National Mathematics Honor Society for High School & Two-Year Colleges) members at her school in the writing, organizing, and hosting of a middle school mathematics competition for the younger students in the school district. Huguette earned a B.A. in mathematics at Carson Newman College. She is certified in 7–12 mathematics education and is a College Board certified AP Reader for the AP Calculus Exam.