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Bob Williams teaches Geometry, Algebra 1, and AP Calculus at Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska. Bob is the Alaska 2009 Teacher of the Year and also received the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. He was one of five national finalists for the 2010 NEA Foundation Teaching Excellence award. His highest award was a student's 2008 graduation stole with the following note: "Mr. Williams, I have a confession to make. Before this year, I didn't like math. It was a struggle and made very little sense. Calculus was another story entirely. You made it fun, exciting, and easy to learn. I went from despising math to babbling incessantly about integrals and derivatives in the span of 9 months. I sport my [calculus] tee-shirt proudly and will bring my cross-sections project wherever life manages to take me. I haven't told my parents for fear that they will disown me, but I have every intention of minoring in math." Bob began his teaching career as a Peace Corps teacher in Gambia, Africa. Bob has a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Columbia University, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and Administration. He is a Fellow of the first class of the Aspen Teacher Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.