Phyllis Williams is an administrative assistant and has taught Bible history and Wilderness (6th and 7th grades) at Ivy. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience in public schools, private school, a distance learning seminary and adult education. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree (English Education) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, her Master’s degree from the School of Theology and her Master’s of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Christian Life School of Theology.
Phyllis has her Tennessee Naturalist.certification and enjoys nature photography, flower and butterfly identification, leading interpretive hikes, reading nature-related biographies and guides, exploring Tennessee’s parks, kayaking, local history, genealogy and watching classic movies. She enjoys helping others discover their family history and assists with the Soddy Daisy Montlake annual history fairs.
A teacher at heart, Phyllis believes that, “Education opens limitless worlds of discovery and relationships to those worlds. One of the most significant things I ever learned was how to read.” She began as a volunteer at Ivy Academy and joined the staff at the first opportunity because, she says, “Ivy's model of education connects students with the natural world and teaches them to use educational standards to protect and make the worlds they find themselves in better. Ivy students learn that they can always come home to the world of nature if they respect and protect it.”