Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Kasie Wilson
Congratulations to Ms. Kasie Wilson of McDonnell Elementary School, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!
Ms. Wilson has known that she wanted to be an educator since third grade, thanks in part to a phenomenal teacher who managed to keep students engaged with hands-on learning despite also struggling with cancer. She began to come home and practice teaching her sister for fun, so much so that her parents still occasionally find their old assignments to this day. Since then she has grown into an impactful teacher who strives each day to ensure that her students know they can succeed and accomplish great things, no matter where they come from. When she isn’t teaching, however, she and her husband stay very busy with their son’s hockey and soccer games. She also has a lifelong passion for horseback riding.
“She is here for every child every day,” says McDonnell Elementary Principal Laura Worshim, “she is always willing to go far… and beyond.” Ms. Wilson loves “watching lightbulbs go off,” and adds that it’s amazing to see how fast students can pick up on things. Her students are rarely at their desks, and instead can be found in groups or out in the hallway working. She says that this is especially beneficial for her ESL (English as a Second Language) students who are often shy, because hands-on activities give them another way to demonstrate mastery of the concepts. She also focuses heavily on building relationships with her students, causing those like Mikiyah Roberson to comment that “she is so kind.” Ms. Wilson’s relationship building skills and use of engaging activities work together to provide real-world results, which is evident in the progress made by students like Cherysh George. “At first, I was on a third-grade level,” she says, “but now I’m on a sixth-grade level.”
It’s clear that Ms. Wilson is leading all of her students to great successes both in and out of the classroom, and even though she and her husband are eagerly expecting their second child, Principal Worshim says that “nothing slows her down – she keeps going.”