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(Editor's Note: Kimberly Williams was chosen in 2012 as one of two “Coolest Teachers in The World” by the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools and participated in a two-week expedition to Antarctica later that year. She was profiled in the June 2013 issue of ASU Magazine).
Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I was a Theta Chi "Little Sister" , and had a lot of fun participating in that organization. They were a really great support system; they encouraged fun AFTER we got our studies done!
What’s your favorite ASU memory?
My original major was telecommunications, and Walter Cronkite actually came out to speak to one of our classes. It was a huge lecture hall, and after class ended, he said he could stay and talk to anyone that wanted to "stick around.” Only a couple dozen students remained, and we got to hear some pretty personal and legendary stories from him. I still can't believe that happened.
Which ASU professor(s) made a lasting impression on you and why?
Creative writing with Jeannine Savard was, without a doubt, the class that left a lasting impression on me. She had a way of being brutally honest about your poetry, (the fact that it stunk, for example) yet still remaining non-threatening, sparkly, down to earth ... she really cared about the students and the class. I'll never forget one great moment when she brought in a guest speaker, the poet Ai, to speak to our class. That was a really special moment.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
I earned my BA in English from ASU, and I'm thankful to have studied with the professors that I did. The coursework was rigorous, engaging, and covered a lot of territory. I think that subsequent teacher credentialing programs and professional development courses that I have taken have been a breeze in comparison because of the level of work I was used to from my time at ASU.
What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
My time at ASU really helped me foster a genuine love of education. My time at ASU was really engaging and fun; I try to emulate that idea for my own students.
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?
My three "can't miss" ASU experiences for future Sun Devils would be :
What advice would you give to today’s ASU students?
Life comes at you fast, so enjoy your time at ASU! Embrace and dedicate yourself to your studies, because they are laying the groundwork for the next 50 or 60 years! Be kind to our planet, and of course, "Fork 'Em Devils!"