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Jennifer de Grassi Williams

Retired, Pre-K through 12th grade Art Teacher
Nampa , Idaho
Total years as a classroom teacher: 32

Boise State University              Master of Arts                          1977
Mississippi State University     Bachelor of Fine Arts              1972


1977- present   Art Outreach Instructor, Project “Van Go”
1998-2004       9th-12th grade Art Instructor, Skyview High School
1997-1998       Art Instructor, Fort Boise Alternative
1972-1997       Art Teacher, Mountain Home High School



2012                Idaho Retired Art Teacher of the Year
2009                Distinguished Alumni Award, Boise State University
2005/06           Idaho Art Teacher of the Year
2002                National Education Association Teaching Excellence Award
2002                Idaho Teacher of the Year
2000                First Place, National Unsung Heroes Award
2000                Governor’s Award in the Arts


  • Williams believes that her calling is to teach, and she has never been afraid to take a risk or to embrace challenges. She is adamant that education/art be shared and taken beyond classroom walls in a compelling, meaningful, and compassionate way.


  • Williams is tireless and relentless with an enthusiasm that craves to explore, push boundaries, experiment, experience, and excite. For her entire life, she has been trying to help children and adults of all walks of life to break away from stifling roadblocks, the confines of structure and convention, and perceived inadequacies to show them that the world of creativity offers limitless direction, a universal language, and immeasurable self-esteem.



“Jennifer Williams has impacted the lives of thousands in her four decades as a mentor and art educator.  She embodies passion that cannot be learned, bought, or found, except in the soul. She is as rare as the passion she possesses and is the example to follow.”

Leah Gerichs, former student


“Jennifer excelled as a classroom teacher and was known for high expectations but was fair and compassionate.  She cared about kids, and she modeled organization, thoroughness, and accountability.  I looked to Jennifer for enthusiasm, leadership and her continual commitment to excellence.  I never worked with anyone more professional or talented.”

Kevin Stanger, former Principal