Even from a young age, Nicole Williams believes it was her calling to be in the classroom.

“I always knew I would be a teacher,” she said. “I’ve always had a love for children and teaching. I would come home from elementary school to my brother, who is two years younger than me, and make him play school.”

It’s clear residents of the Wood River Valley agree she’s in the right place: Williams, a longtime resident of the Wood River Valley and a seventh-year teacher at the Big Wood School in Ketchum, has been voted winner of the 2022 Best of The Valley Best Teacher Award by readers of the Idaho Mountain Express.

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