West Chester resident Tell Williams has become a viral sensation with more than a million followers on TikTok for his hilarious and activist videos that highlight life in the classroom as a gay teacher, writes Ayana Herndon for CaféMom.com.
His very first TikTok video in which he describes a conversation he had with a parent regarding an F-bomb delivered by her Pre-K child racked up a half-million views in one day.
Despite trying to be positive about all aspects of his work, Williams admits that being a gay educator is not always easy.
“I had a parent that was incredibly racist and homophobic,” he said. “It was so bad that I no longer did home visits with the parent, and an administrator would sit in during our parent-teacher conferences.”
He also tries to make everything a teachable moment. When one of his students told a Hispanic girl she could not be a Disney princess because of her race, Williams put a mural on the wall with every Disney princess and prince he could think of with “Anyone Can Be a Princess” on it.
Teaching goes beyond 9 to 5, he believes. Teachers play important roles in students’ lives.
Read more about Tell Williams at CaféMom.com.