When Starlic Williams initially came to McGowen Elementary School, he was only supposed to be serving as a substitute teacher for a few days, filling in for a band instructor who was out sick.
“[But] I saw a piano in the corner that wasn’t being used, so I pulled it out and started teaching the kids to sing,” explained Williams. “The principal saw us and asked me to come back for the remainder of the school year and start a choir. I was excited and accepted the challenge.”
Since then, Williams has been nothing short of inspirational to his choir students. He composed the music and wrote the lyrics for a brand new school song, then took the children on a field trip to a real studio to record it. He also shot a music video on campus on May 16 featuring the students performing (above).
Under Williams’ direction, the fledgling McGowen Honeybees choir even won first place in its division this year at Sutton Elementary School’s annual music competition.
“Our goal this year was to fill the school with positive energy and create a culture of excellence,” said Principal Dana Arreola. “This song and the video helped instill in our scholars the importance of education and of succeeding at every level. They walked through the halls singing almost daily.”