Amy Williams
Amy Williams: Education Expert

Featured On:

  • ESPN
For over twenty years, Amy Williams has been one of the leading educators in the Lone Star State, creating unique, innovative lessons and progressive educational programs, teaching students to be lifetime learners and making a difference with children in the classroom.

Williams is a long-time teaching veteran whose love for teaching, students and learning prompts her to stay current and on the cutting edge. She believes that educators should continue professional training. Over the years, Williams' training has included hundreds of hours of extensive training in cooperative learning, project integration, brain-based learning, Thinking Maps, cognitive coaching, balanced literacy, the Reading Academy, Social Studies Alive, Student Support Team, Capturing Kids Hearts, Guided Reading training, Reading and Writing Workshop, Inquiry Science, Bloom's Taxonomy and many more. Williams is also a certified Gifted and Talented instructor. Williams has enjoyed extensive workshop training with Dr. Joyce Carroll and her forward-thinking, process-based writing program.

The majority of her experience has been as an integral part of elementary education in two National Blue Ribbon Schools, both recognized by the US Department of Education, Kent Elementary in Carrollton and Sleepy Hollow Elementary in Amarillo.

Bluebonnet Café, her co-authored integrated program and book, (Interact 1996) has been sold to a number of districts and has inspired progressive teaching across the country from Texas, Iowa, to North Carolina. The Bluebonnet Café was a big hit in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, growing each year and receiving print and television media coverage numerous times.

Amy has appeared on several news programs in Texas as well as appearing on Good Morning Texas to share expert advice on starting innovative educational programs.

In addition to Bluebonnet Café, Williams co-authored a multicultural-inspired reading program, Read Around the World: Frequent Reader Club (ABC For Real 2000) and has been published in the Texas Council of Social Studies on integration of economics in the elementary classroom. She has also published articles and photos in New Mexico Outdoors, Gorp.com, ESPNOutdoors.com, Southwest Outdoors, Amarillo Globe News, So Many Fish So Little Time, Flyfishing Southwestern Colorado, Trout Fishing Sourcebook, Southwest Flyfishing, Rocky Mountain Game and Fish and Texas Council of Social Studies.

Amy has led seminars of all kinds including sessions at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and for the Texas Council of Social Studies. She actively applies her learning and shares with others while also serving on leadership teams, or as team leader and mentor, or model teacher for induction year teachers. Williams is also the recipient of two substantial grants for hands-on integrated economics and critical thinking, Power Hour, based on brain research.

Williams has enjoyed many awards throughout her career with the highlights including being chosen VIP of the Year by Carrollton-Farmers Branch for being a "model in the teaching profession" and as a Lifetime Member for the Texas Council of PTA for "distinguished service to children and youth." The Lifetime award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed by the Texas PTA. Most recently Amy was recognized by NBC/KAMR as Teacher of the Week. She is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and holds a lifetime teaching certificate for first through eighth grades.

When not teaching, Amy lives in Amarillo and enjoys traveling the world with her husband, taking photographs, writing freelance articles and books, climbing 14ers, fishing for trout, visiting with family and playing with her dogs Princess and Piper.
REVIEWS
  • Best Study Gear for K-8
    What goes on at school and what goes on at home are both critical factors to learning and creating a standard of student success. Keeping students learning and on task is key whether at school or doing homework at home. School readiness is closely related to later performance in school, so getting kids geared up at an early age, creating good study habits and homework skills will give them the boost to go that extra mile. Sometimes it’s more than just sheer determination that keeps kids focused, but it’s the gear, the tools, used to enhance and support learning. Here is a diverse collection of study gear that teachers and parents will find useful and students have successfully endorsed.
    Read More »
  • Best Books for Mini-Lessons (Elementary)
    Elementary students look forward to read aloud times whether they’re kindergarteners or fifth graders. Draw on their love for listening to entertaining stories to branch off and teach other, maybe not so exciting skills like inferencing or writing with strong leads and memorable details. Using literature to teach skills not only promotes literacy and learning, it helps teachers create focused, authentic lessons. Check out your objectives for teaching then adjust the suggestions to fit your needs. The books are all favorites and can be used in a number of ways so choose your goal, provide examples through reading, and encourage students to make connections and extend their learning in a fun, memorable way. These books are all worthy of being on your shelf.
    Read More »
  • Best Elementary Classroom Science Gizmos
    Most students who say they don’t like school will confess that science can be fun, (fun, that is, if they get to get involved). Building early experiences in hands-on, inquiry science helps create interested, eager science students. Whether you use a more structured guided inquiry approach or one where students are provided with few instructions, infusing active components will foster a strong science foundation, enhance performance and will build problem-solving skills to boot. The National Science Teachers Association supports regular, inquiry science on a daily basis for all elementary students. Help your young discoverers make connections and bring science and learning to life with these high-interest gadgets and gizmos.
    Read More »
  • Best Reference Books for Elementary School Students
    Reference books keep students actively engaged, build information access skills, and boost content area vocabulary and skills. Teachers can integrate them into the curriculum through independent reading, guided reading, treasure hunts, vocabulary games, research, just pure fun, and more. Well-established students thrive on the depth of knowledge they can plunge into, while struggling or uninterested readers can feel successful as readers and researchers more than with a lengthy novel. Reference books are typically of high interest for all students and quickly become dog-eared as they’re read over and over for pure interest sake. The Internet is a fabulous resource, but nothing can completely replace being able to put your hands on the actual pages of content and pictures. Every classroom library needs these books and most need several copies of each.
    Read More »
  • Best Brain Games and Puzzles
    The brain needs exercise just like the body so get set to get mentally fit with this brain sharpening collection of games and puzzles. Research shows that providing complex, challenging experiences like playing games and solving problems enriches the brain. One of Eric Jensen’s principles of brain research says that the brain continues to grow connections at any age. What a great excuse for parents and teachers to join the younger minds in a motivating mental boot camp. Have fun tapping into a multitude of brain functions while stimulating learning, creativity, and imagination.
    Read More »
  • Best Chapter Books
    Teachers and parents, keep these books handy if you want to entice students, ages 8 and up, to read independently, in literature groups, or participate in read-alouds. You can find connections to curriculum endlessly with these books. Engage students to make literary and personal connections or hone their craft of writing and writing mechanics. Make these books a part of your personal or classroom library - you’ll be glad you did.

    Great books may be award winners and they may not, they may make you laugh, they may make you cry, or even shout outloud. Ideally, they’ll draw in readers, making them feel part of the story and make them want to keep turning pages.
    Read More »
  • Best K-8 Student Accessories
    Homeschool teachers need ways to motivate young learners, to help them and guide them to new learning just as classroom teachers and parents do. Finding the perfect supplement to enhance the curriculum can be a daunting task with such a multitude of gadgets and gizmos from which to choose. Sometimes, we need that perfect tool to catch a learner’s attention or to keep them from feeling unsuccessful. The Best Elementary Student Aid Products will get teachers, whether homeschool or classroom, on the right track for lending a hand and building self-confidence and success. Students who feel good about their academic identity will ultimately be more successful in the classroom and beyond, so get going with these products, your protégés will be glad you did!
    Read More »
  • Best Tools for New Teachers
    As a new teacher you have plenty to think about: lessons, your first class, colleagues, surviving day one. The list goes on, but there are tools to help you stay calm, have success, and get your class off to a positive start with learning. Teaching, no matter the grade or situation, is noble and critical to our future, so take time to plan ahead and be organized so you’ll be the most effective you can be. You’ll thank yourself later.

    Stay positive and have fun!
    Read More »
  • Best Books for K-8 Educators
    Professional libraries and teachers’ shelves are often full of educator books that are never read or never looked at again after that initial introduction or reading. While time must have something to do with it, there’s no doubt that content is what pulls us back to the pages. These top ten professional books will draw you back, make you tab pages, and will be put to use and reflected upon. Educators seeking professional spark and motivation will put this top five list to use.
    Read More »