Larry Williams has been teaching for a total of 36 years. He taught one year at Logan Junior High, and the remaining years he has been at Logan High. The 2016/17 school year will be his last year of teaching as he is retiring at the end of May.
Williams graduated from Logan High and went on to Utah State University, graduating in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He later went on to get a teaching certificate and eventually went back and earned a master’s degree. A job at Logan Junior High later opened up, and Williams was hired and has worked in the Logan City School District ever since. Williams has taught economics, macroeconomics, personal financial planning, accounting 1050, accounting 1&2, entrepreneurship, and pretty much anything that doesn’t use a computer and relates to business.
“I’ve had the pleasure to work with a lot of great teachers. Students are obviously the main focus of why I’m here.”
Williams’s favorite part about being a teacher is “the interaction between young people and other teachers who have the best interest of their students at the forefront of what they do.” He added, “I’ve had the pleasure to work with a lot of great teachers. Students are obviously the main focus of why I’m here.”
Williams also commented that his least favorite thing about teaching were the things that were out of his control but still have an impact on what he does in the classroom.
Williams shared how he knew that it was time for him to retire. “There were quite a few different things that led to my decision; I’ve been doing this a long time, and my hearing isn’t the best anymore, so I have a hard time hearing students in class, and there are just things coming, changes, that I just don’t think I can handle, so all of those were factors in my decision to retire.”
Williams said he would miss quite a bit about teaching, including “the daily interactions with students and faculty and the aha moments in students when they understand something that we’re talking about in class. There are a lot of positive aspects of teaching that I’ll miss. For the most part I’ve been so fortunate to work with great colleagues and students, and I will just miss those experiences.”
After Williams retires he plans on enjoying time with his wife, but also finding a new job. He also looks forward to new adventures and experiences.
Williams has been an amazing teacher and will definitely be missed by students and faculty here at Logan High. If you’ve had the opportunity to have him as a teacher, you know that he was one who will be remembered long after we leave these hallways.
Williams ended our interview with a few words for the students and faculty of Logan High: “Be positive! Don’t be afraid of change, and remember to be inclusive of all students and be respectful to not only each other but of the knowledge and skills that your teachers have.”
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