Get to Know Mr. Williams!

Tori Trost, Staff Writer '15

A new face has joined the Oakland History department this year!  Mr. Williams can be found at the end of the hall on the second floor next to Mr. Kornosky and across from George. We asked him a few questions in order to get to know him better.


Eagle Eye: Where did you go to college and what was your major?

Mr. Williams: I went to Pitt for five years.  I majored in history and urban studies.


EE: What do you like to do when you’re not at school or grading papers?

MW: Oh jeez…listen to music. I like jazz, I like modern — I’m not sure what you would call it — pop music?  Currently I’m really into Drake and Lana Del Rey.  I like a lot of Indie music too.  I try to go to as many concerts as I can.


EE: What classes and grades do you teach history for?

MW: 9th grade CP World History and 11th grade CP US History.


EE: What’s your favorite subject to teach in history?

MW: I like Pittsburgh history.  I took a lot of Pittsburgh history classes in college, so anytime I can bring Pittsburgh into something, I will.


EE: Did you always want to be a history teacher?

MW: Not when I was little, I think I wanted to be like a cowboy or a Native American or something.


EE: When did you figure out that you wanted to be a teacher?

MW: Probably in high school.  I had a couple of really good history teachers when I was in 11th grade and they kind of inspired me to want to be a history teacher. I thought against it for a little . . . but I tried urban planning for awhile and I didn’t like that; you just sit at a desk all day. But with this you get to be up and talk to people.


EE: Were you nervous to teach at an all girls high school?

MW: Yeah.  I’m used to teaching eighth grade, I student-taught eighth grade, I did a little bit of  teaching last year at a school in North Carolina and that was co-ed and eighth grade too. Just teaching high school, especially teaching at an all girls school, when I’m not a girl personally, is difficult. And I feel that the way boys and girls learn things or what they’re generally interested can kind of affect the way you teach a class.


EE: What do you think is special about Oakland that you wouldn’t get from other high

schools — public or Catholic — in the area?

MW: Just the fact that it’s all girls, I think that’s very important. I think that you guys have a really great opportunity here that a lot of girls in other schools don’t have, because it’s all girls. You aren’

t embarrassed if you have a question or if there’s something that you want to discuss. You guys are a lot more open. And I think that you’re a lot more motivated than you would be at a co-ed school. Also, being in the city is excellent, I know I love it.


EE: Where did your routine of saying hi to all of your students before they come into your room come from?

MW: What! What’s this?! … I just want to make everyone feel welcome!


EE: Is this your first legitimate teaching job?

MW: This is my first full year job. I taught in North Carolina last year for 4 months, and I left there because my job was pretty much cut. . . . . But I’m happy to be back!