My name is Tommy Williams, and I’m honored to be teaching at Holy Rosary this year. I’ll be teaching 6th grade homeroom and math, as well as 5th grade ELA. Some of my greatest memories were from my own experiences as a student at Holy Rosary, many of which inspired me to pursue a career in education. I enter this new role with 8 years of classroom experience teaching language arts. The majority of this was in public middle schools in Auburn and Burien. Returning to this faith-based community is truly exciting, and I can’t wait to work with you all in the coming years.
Although we’ve all experienced some hardships over the past year, there have been a few blessings in my life. For one, my wife and I got married last October. We had a small celebration with our families on Vashon Island, where both sides of my family are from. We also bought our first house in Burien, which has truly been a huge learning experience! My wife and I love rescuing dogs, and proudly have a three year-old staffordshire terrier. Another passion of mine is music: I’m an avid guitarist (acoustic and electric) and enjoy playing in bands outside of work. I love to bring music into the classroom when appropriate, and also to encourage students to explore music in their own ways.
As an educator, I believe it is my calling and responsibility to help children navigate the world with heart and critical thinking. It is my duty to help build literacy skills to provide students with the tools they need to be successful in life, but personal success isn’t everything. I want students to learn and practice empathy in the classroom, so we can build a strong and loving community. I look forward to providing students with a fulfilling learning experience this year.