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David Williams Named Recipient of the Bilbo Award

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Lee University’s Helen DeVos College of Education recently named David Williams the recipient of the Dr. Jimmy W. Bilbo Excellence in Student Teaching Award.

“David truly represents the excellence that the Helen DeVos College of Education seeks to instill in all our teacher candidates,” said Dr. Shane Brown, director of teacher education. “We are excited about the life-changing impact he, along with his peers, will have for the Kingdom and well-deserving students across the globe.”

Williams, from Bettendorf, Iowa, is a senior interdisciplinary studies major. He did his student teaching at Blythe Bower Elementary School and Parkview Elementary School. Williams is the cofounder of Imago Dei, a movement dedicated to starting conversations about social justice issues and recognizing the image of God in everyone. He is also the captain of Lee’s cheerleading team.

“This award is extremely humbling and something I didn’t imagine I would receive,” said Williams. “I first want to give all glory to God. This accomplishment wouldn’t be possible without the help of my family, girlfriend, and all of the educators in my life who have guided and modeled excellent teaching.”

The Bilbo Excellence in Student Teaching Award was established in the spring semester of 1996 and recognizes excellence in student teaching.

The award is given in memory of Dr. Jimmy W. Bilbo who was instrumental in developing and leading Lee’s Teacher Education Program for 35 years. Winners are nominated by their cooperating teachers and principals to receive this honor.

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