Williams comes to the Center having most recently served as chair of the history department at Warren New Tech High School in Warrenton, NC, where he has taught for the past decade. In that time, he has twice been recognized as the Warren County Teacher of the Year (2014, 2017–18) and was named the 2017 Tachau National Teacher of the Year by the Organization of American Historians. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Council for History Education as well as on the board of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies.
Before entering the classroom, Mike was a practicing attorney with the law offices of Williams & Clifton in Louisburg, NC. He received his law degree from North Carolina Central University and is currently completing a Masters of Education degree at North Carolina State University focusing on New Literacies and Global Learning. He earned a B.A. in English and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Mike’s not only an exceptional teacher but a tremendous community leader and we are excited to have him joining us,” said Andy Mink, NHC vice president for education programs. “His classroom experience, leadership abilities, and technological know-how make him a great addition to our team as we continue to expand our extensive digital offerings for collegiate and pre-collegiate humanities teachers.”
“Over the years, I’ve had a number of opportunities to engage in the Center’s programs as both a participant and presenter, and I’ve come to admire the NHC’s dedication to improving humanities teaching,” said Williams. “I’m pleased to be joining those efforts and to help teachers in school districts across the country create more innovative learning experiences and make use of scholarly content in their classrooms.”
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