GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Caleb Williams, a biology and pre-AP biology teacher at Paragould Schools was selected as our November Teacher of the Month.
Williams is also the assistant coach of the Jr. High School's basketball team.
Williams looked like he was a little embarrassed after we walked in and surprised him right in the middle of him teaching one of his biology classes.
The students in the classroom clapped and cheered as we gave him a gift basket of goodies.
Williams said getting this special spotlight was a heartwarming experience.
"It makes me feel good that the kids see that I care," Williams said. "Any sporting stuff, any band stuff, anything that the kids let me know they're in out of school, I try to go to it."
Building that close relationship with his students is something that Williams said motivates him to keep teaching.
"It makes me feel like I'm actually making a difference," Williams said. "I'm helping kids and that's good."
Several of Williams' students said he has helped them both in the classroom and in their personal lives.
In one of the nomination letters, a student recounted his story about how he was headed down the wrong path and how Coach Williams helped him turn his life around and strive for success.
Williams said that he tries to instill a hard work ethic into his students.
"The kids that can just get by without having to study, I want them to learn that they need to study," said Williams. "They have to put forth the effort the effort to achieve what they want to achieve."
Williams is a Paragould High School graduate and said coming back to help the students at the school was important to him.
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