Teacher Feature: The Scoop on Tracey Williams
By Megan Miller
school so we can get along and work well with them. We want to be able to make new teachers like Williams feel at home.
Williams moved to Estes Park in August from South Mississippi and brought with her plenty of new ideas and experiences from her nine years of teaching. She was born in Pensacola Florida has lived in ten different states and one country outside of the United States. “I’ve lived in a gazillion places,” said Williams. Some those places include New York, California, Rhode Island, and Taiwan.
Williams didn’t always want to become a teacher; she just had a talent in reading and writing. “I was looking to move to Colorado,” said Williams, “and I had been to Estes years ago and I remembered it. When I saw the job posting I was like ‘oh that sounds really cool.'”
Williams received her Master’s Degree at the University of Hawaii and her Creative Writing Master’s Degree at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In graduate school she was a teacher’s assistant and taught college level classes for eight years. Now that she is in Estes Park, Williams teaches American Literature and Public Speaking.
“I love teaching literature but I think that the classes [American Literature and Public
Speaking] are just so different that I like both of them,” said Williams.
Williams loves being a teacher because she enjoys the subjects she gets to teach. “I also like the interaction with the students and no day is the same,” said Williams.
If Williams had to teach a different subject, she would teach World History. “My dream job would be half talk show host half psychologist,” said Williams. “I like to find out why people do what they do and just ask questions. I’m just interested in people.”
Williams’ mother and stepfather live in Princeton, New Jersey, and her brother Chuck, who has a wife and three kids, lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. “I see my folks usually a few times a year,” said Williams. “I see my brother and his family at least monthly, but as soon as ski season starts, we plan on seeing them a lot more!”
Williams’ adopted daughter is named Delilah, and Williams’ life partner is Thanh. Thanh is from in Connecticut, and Delilah was adopted when she was two weeks old.
“I still can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to be her mother–she is the perfect child for me,” said Williams.
Williams, Thanh, and Delilah like going out to eat, watching movies, going to the park and skiing. Personally, Williams likes watching the news, reading, and traveling. “I’m obsessed with pop culture,” said Williams. “Just all terrible celebrity gossip.”
Williams favorite food, cupcakes, became an obsession when she lived in New York City.
“When I lived in New York they had cupcake bakeries all over the place,” said Williams.
“Magnolia Bakery and Sprinkles and Billies Bakery and they had cupcakes everywhere.” Williams is excited to be part of Estes Park and it’s school. “I always like where I live when I live there,” said Williams. Although she moved all the way from Mississippi, she is excited to interact with the students and staff around her. To make her experience even more enjoyable, let’s give Tracey Williams a warm welcome into this tight-knit school.
Tracey Williams’ Absolute Favorites
Williams’ favorite song is “Too Good” by Drake, and she is also a fan of pop, country and hip hop.
Her favorite flavor of cupcake is a yellow base with chocolate flavored buttercream on the top.
Williams’ favorite classic book is Passing by Nella Larsen. “It’s just an interesting topic and it’s beautifully written,” said Williams.
Williams’ favorite quote is “those who travel, see.” It is anonymous.
Fall is Williams’ favorite season. “I like that it’s a little bit crisp,” said Williams. “I just like the feeling. It’s sort of a bit gray but not too gray and it’s a little bit cold.” – Her favorite drinks are Diet Coke and coffee.
Some of Williams’ favorite movies are “The Breakfast Club” directed by John Hughes, and “Out of Africa” directed by Sydney Pollack.
Williams once travelled to India for 16 days. She went alone, but she hired a guide who showed her the Northwestern part of India. There, Williams learned about Indian, Muslim and Pakistani cultures.