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JD Williams

Email
johnw@psdschools.org
Room Number
333
Phone Number
About Me

Short Personal Description: 

I grew up in Englewood, Colorado, and played three sports at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village.  Graduating in 2000, I attended several universities and played baseball in college, finally settling down to earn a B.A. and M.A. at Colorado State University.  Rocky has been my home since 2008.  I teach Language Arts and am the Language Arts department leader.

My wife and I live outside of Fort Collins, and you will find me running, playing golf, reading and trying to fix things around the house when I'm not teaching or grading essays:)

Educational and Professional Background: 

Bachelor of Arts, CSU, 2004: Liberal Arts Major, English Minor, Social Sciences Concentration

Master of Arts, CSU, 2008: English Education

CSU Graduate College Composition Instructor, 2006-2008

RMHS Teacher, 2008-Present

Courses currently teaching at Rocky and previous courses taught at Rocky: 

2019-2020 Courses I'm Teaching:

10th: Pre-AP World Literature and Composition

11th: U.S. Literature and Humanities/Composition, AP Language and Composition

What does the Lobo Way mean to me?: 

My Lobo Way:
I believe in holding myself and my students accountable, learning from mistakes, and moving on with this new learning.

I believe Rocky is a family because I have experienced how we take care of each other like a family does. Families don't get along all the time, but they fight for each other. They pay full attention to each other. They help each other. They are honest with each other.

I treat all people with politeness and respect. I expect my students to do the same.

I believe in the whole human. The "student" is just one role in a much larger identity, and Rocky is a place of learning and growing with this whole sense of self.

Ultimately, the Lobo Way gives students and staff the freedom to explore, to be challenged, and to be a part of something bigger than oneself.

Interest & Hobbies: 

Running

Reading and Writing

Fixing things

Golf/Sports

Traveling

Favorite Quote: 

"What you would seem to be, be really." --Ben Franklin