Dr. Coy Rice


CoyWhat is your favorite childhood book?

“The Titanic” – After the ship was initially found, I loved reading all about the dynamics of the ship and the artifacts found.

What is your secret talent?

Cooking. I enjoy making random recipes from the past (or trying things from Julia child’s cookbook – The art of French Cooking). When time permits, cooking for other people brings me much joy.

Who was your favorite teacher in Elementary School and Why?

Mrs. Peterson stands out for her amazing classroom. It mirrored modern project based learning characteristics. She transformed our room into different places and we as a class had to pretend to fly to the destinations.

What is your favorite thing about teaching?

Receiving letters from former students, and learning about the positive impact I have had on them generates an unyielding passion to help other people.

What is your favorite subject to teach and why?

Social Studies tends to unleash a willingness to absorb information in a variety of ways, allowing for deep engagement in the learning process, eventually harboring success on a variety of levels. I value this deep engagement within any learning environment, which makes this profession fun!

What is your favorite part of being a part of the Willow family?

As a person who values diversity and the richness of a multicultural population, Willow Elementary never fails to deliver. Our Faculty, Staff, and Student population reflect a depth of diversity that extends far beyond anything which may be seen at face value. The varying cultures bring a plethora of languages, customs, and perspectives into the educational setting. It is with ease that I identify this as my favorite part of our Willow family.