"Miss Willey makes Rachel feel good about her strengths and never criticizes her," said Sherry Allred, Rachel's mother. "She sees the first graders for who they are and who they can become.
"Miss Willey observed Rachel's strength in drawing and when a national Scholastic drawing contest came her way, she didn't want to leave the other children out so she gave the entire class the opportunity to enter the contest."
Originally from Pocatello, ID, Willey has taught first grade for five years at Creekside and Woods Cross elementary schools.
She uses hands on activities to teach math and science concepts. She involves the parents with the activities of their children's schooling, and provides many volunteer opportunities in her curriculum.
"Miss Willey takes the time to notice the little things." Allred says as she ends her nomination. "As a mother, I am grateful to Miss Willey for her loving teaching skills."
In addition to being attentive to individual children's needs, Willey publishes weekly newsletters to inform parents about curriculum and activities and uses positive reinforcement as a classroom management plan.
"I love Woods Cross Elementary and appreciate the helpful parents and giving community," said Willey about receiving the nomination.
Willey is a member of the Davis Council of the International Reading Association, is ESL certified and recently earned her Master's of Education degree.