Jennifer De Grassi Williams

Nampa, ID | Years Taught: 1972 – Present

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.

Additional Recognition

  • 2012 • Idaho Retired Art Teacher of the Year
  • 2009 • Distinguished Alumni Award, Boise State University
  • 2006 • 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