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Morgan Woods educator honored for work

Ron Williams of Morgan Woods Elementary was recently honored for his outstanding contributions in the area of health education by the Hillsborough County School System. Lamar Hammer, director of elementary education, and Bob Patterson, health supervisor, were on hand to present the award.

During his 25 years as an educator, Williams has made various contributions to health education such as helping to create a Human Growth and Development curriculum, which was later approved by the School Board and taught to elementary level students. In 1990 he received the Elementary Health Teacher Award for the state of Florida.

Most recently he has been responsible for coordinating a summer drug education media center program designed to inform first- through fifth-graders about drugs and health.

He also serves on the Drug Free Schools and Community Grant Advisory Committee, which provides input into various school programs. When he is not writing grants, he usually is writing for "Picture of Health," a newsletter created to provide elementary educators with effective classroom presentation ideas and information about current health topics.

Through the years Williams has remained committed to helping children understand health better by answering such questions as why their stomachs growl or by bringing in classroom exhibits such as a human skeleton.

"It can really stimulate their human interest when I bring in a skeleton or let them hold a skull," said Williams.

Williams is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he received both his undergraduate and master's degrees in elementary education.