Amy Wilson named PVE Teacher of the Year
Amy Wilson, first grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary was named the site's 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. Wilson, a graduate of Duncan High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, has been teaching for 14 years. She knew she would be a teacher when she was in kindergarten.
"I always played school. Always. Early on I just thought it seemed like the fun thing to do," she said. "As I got into junior high and high school, I realized it was a calling and knew that's what I've been called to do. I never questioned it or considered anything else."
She worked at two smaller districts before she came to Mustang. The differences were shocking.
"The standard is so high and so you rise to that. It's nice to be in a place where that is the case," she said. "I've grown so much in the last three years as a teacher. The opportunities I've been given to attend professional development and the teachers I've worked with have made a difference. I have learned something from every teacher I've worked with."
The classroom fits her personality. She's naturally structured and organized. One of her primary goals is to not only teach children how to read, but to help them love it. Even though they may only be in first grade, Wilson encourages them to write as well.
"I love first grade," she said. "There is something exciting about that beginning to read age. I think they experience more growth in this one year. They come in not knowing how to read. Some of them leave reading chapter books."
Wilson will always remember one little boy in particular. His home life was less than desirable. With turmoil at home and no academic support from parents, school was difficult. His frustration showed in outbursts and a bad attitude.
"Over time, we developed a positive relationship, and God gave me more patience with him. Everything started to change. His attitude did a turn around and he began trying. Little by little, he was successful at school. This made him empowered, self-motivated and happy. There is nothing more than that I could want for a student in my class."
Her influence on her class extends beyond the boundaries of the school. It's not unusual for her to attend four basketball games on one Saturday or maybe a dance recital. She watches them at recess, noting their strengths or kindness.
"I try to find something in each one of them that's special or unique," she said. "I try to know their family, what their life is like at home. It gives me a different perspective. I also think it enhances my relationships with them and their family, knowing I'm willing to take time out for them."
Wilson is pleased to be in Mustang Schools where data is a focus with instruction.
"No one gets pushed to the side," she said. "We have monthly meetings where we are looking at the class lists, going through them and making sure we aren't letting anyone slip through the cracks."
Being named Teacher of the Year has been a humbling experience.
"I feel uncomfortable," she said. "It's hard for me to take the congratulations or have the focus on me. I work with amazing teachers."