An energetic middle school principal revs up math enrichment when he teaches a class. York Middle School Principal David Williams is in constant motion, and enjoys engaging students He is a former science teacher who has joined with Assistant Principal Marie Soucy in teaching a math and science enrichment class three days a week.
About 20 students of all abilities participate. The class is neither remedial nor honors.
“It’s not about mastery,” said Williams. “It’s enrichment. We’re working on exposure to math and science.”
The class isnt just about learning math and science from a book, or even a few experiments. Williams has other ideas.
The class was working on a unit on acceleration, speed, and velocity. Williams rides a Harley-Davidson and arranged for the kids to measure his speed, velocity and acceleration.
“It is a natural thing for us to do,” said Williams.
With the help of a York Police Department detective and a radar gun, students with stopwatches lined the 100 yard route. Kids recorded his times with the stopwatches.