Character development is the true aim of education

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I am extremely passionate about teaching and advising and the relationships that I develop with my students.  I truly believe that the relationships that students have with instructors are vital to the success of students in achieving the course goals.  My approach to teaching has always focused on two guiding principles: 1) the classroom should be a place where students have experiences they cannot have outside of class, and 2) instructors should teach students to take responsibility for their learning.  When these two goals are achieved, students are more engaged and have a better relationship with the teacher and their peers, and they recognize the time they need to devote to be successful, making them better prepared for life-long learning.   Since learning takes place inside and outside of the classroom, I use tools to make the most of the time I have with the students.  I emphasize to students that I want every student in my class to be successful, and I will work hard to help them exceed my high expectation, if they will commit to work as hard as needed. - Dr. Williams

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