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The student voice of Berkeley Preparatory School

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The student voice of Berkeley Preparatory School

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Meet Ms. Williams!

Berkeley’s newest chemistry teacher discusses how her teaching journey led her here

“Teaching came to me naturally,” said Carmeline Williams, a new Honors Chemistry teacher here at Berkeley. Born in Sri Lanka, Williams has lived in a multitude of places throughout her life—including the Maldives, Jamaica and Zambia—before coming to college in California. Originally studying to be an optometrist, Williams discovered her aptitude for teaching while running study group workshops for chemistry. “I was always used to standing in front of students because I did that as a sophomore, junior and senior in college,” she said.

NEW TAMPANIAN : Williams recently moved to the Tampa area to begin her teaching job at Berkeley.

Williams was inspired by her father, who taught her the basics of chemistry throughout high school, sparking her interest in the subject. She aims to do the same with her students at Berkeley as well: “I feel that students at Berkeley have a genuine interest in learning and understanding the relevance of topics in the real world,” she said. She especially enjoys teaching hands-on activities in chemistry, such as the construction of Lewis structures.

Outside of teaching, Williams enjoys listening and doing karaoke to a range of music, excluding country music. She loves the International Mall and the various restaurants it has to offer, although she misses the Miromar Outlets in her previous home of Naples. Slowly but surely, Williams is adjusting to Tampa and the Berkeley community. She hopes to become more involved in Berkeley’s culture as she values the passion that both the students and teachers have.

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Zoya Jooma, Section Editor
Zoya Jooma is a section editor at Fanfare this year. She has been at Berkeley since sixth grade, and she is now a sophomore. Along with Fanfare, she is in Spanish Club and Red Cross Club, and rows for the Berkeley crew team. Zoya loves to travel and take care of her four chickens. In her free time, she enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends.
Laya Kumar, Staff Writer
Laya Kumar is a freshman and has been at Berkeley for three years. She is a member of the crew team and is also a member of student forum. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

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