Cynthia M.O. Williams
General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
If I can help somebody, then my living [teaching] will not be in vain. I want to provide my students with knowledge that will help them be the best professional they can be. Cynthia M.O. Williams , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I love the arts, especially drawing and graphic design. As a young teenager, I spent most of my free time drawing, sketching house plans, and taking pictures. Over 16 years ago, after receiving many compliments on my artistic abilities, I started my own graphic design business. That became a defining moment in my creative career.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
My approach to teaching and mentoring is to apply word problems and math application examples to the many careers we prepare students to pursue. It helps them see the importance of math to their professional future—and in every aspect of their lives.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
I believe that pulling together different ideas, knowledge, and experiences brings out the greatest creativity and potential.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Trust yourself. Don’t be afraid to take chances. The only real failure is to not try at all.