Virginia’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Michelle Cottrell-Williams, a social studies teacher at Wakefield High in Arlington, was recognized by both houses of the Virginia General Assembly on Jan. 30 for her service as an Ambassador for the 2019 Commemorations Schools program.
By Sarah Schwartz on August 1, 2018 9:16 AM
This summer, five of the country's top teachers went to Germany.
These state teachers of the year, from Idaho, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., met German public school teachers, visited a private school in Berlin, and toured a vocational training program at a Siemens plant in Berlin. The teachers also visited historical and cultural sites in the city and participated in a discussion with two women who grew up on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall.
Michelle Cottrell-Williams, an Arlington Public Schools high school teacher, was named Virginia’s Teacher of the Year for 2018.
Join her and ARLnow assistant managing editor, Bridget Reed Morawski, as the two talk APS world language reductions proposed for next year’s budget, the one-to-one device program, and guns in schools.
September 19, 2017
A TED Talk shaped Michelle Cottrell-Williams’ perspective as a teacher.
The talk, led by scholar Brene Brown, delved into how vulnerability and shame influence people’s connections with one another, Cottrell-Williams recalled.
The 35-year-old teacher took the lesson to heart and, since then, has made it a point to talk less and listen more to her students, to let them be the guides for their own learning.