Now in her seventeenth year at Christian Academy of Louisville, a high school math teacher, Mrs. Wilson, has definitely left a legacy on CAL and its students. For any student hoping to avoid her class, though, Mrs. Wilson says, “[I] have no immediate plans to leave, so you’re stuck with me.”
All jokes aside, Mrs. Wilson loves to see her students prosper and learn math material well: “As a teacher, I have two favorite things about my job. First, I love to give students an ‘ah hah’ type of moment in the classroom. It’s a blessing to see students grasping my material first-hand. My second favorite thing is to watch students grow, pursue, and take their Christian faith seriously. I also enjoy watching students show genuine concern for their peers.” It’s definitely safe to say that CAL has found someone who has a passion for not only her subject matter but also young adults who she is teaching.
Mrs. Wilson can also entertain anyone with countless stories. In one of her favorite classroom memories, Mrs. Wilson received a surprise of a lifetime: “I had about fifteen seniors in my Statistics and Survey math class, but two in particular were responsible for this story. During the fall of 2010, we studied the Mandelbrot Set. About a month after we finished studying that unit, Mandelbrot, the mathematician, passed away. As most students do, my seniors pleaded for an extra credit opportunity, so I obliged. The extra credit assignment I offered required students to write an interesting, but respectful, eulogy on the life of Mandelbrot, the man who’s work we studied from. The day came for everyone in class to present their eulogy. These two seniors, though, decided to write a song. One was playing the guitar, and playing chords from “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, while the other sang their Mandelbrot eulogy lyrics. During the middle of the song, everyone knew that an instrumental section from “Dust in the Wind” was supposed to come up, but no one thought that it would be played. These two surprised me though. Just as the solo was supposed to begin, Trevor’s dad, a professional violin player and concert master, stepped into my classroom and played the entire instrumental solo. It was very unexpected.”
Another shocking piece of news was coming her way, but it wasn’t what she had expected. Her son, Bradley Wilson (now 21 years old), was diagnosed with cancer while in eighth grade. The most shocking part of this situation she claimed, was “the initial illness (undiagnosed cancer) that Bradley first came in contact with before he was ‘officially’ diagnosed with cancer. It nearly took his life.”
Luckily for Mrs. Wilson, she had a Christian school, family, and a loving church who all supported her and her family through this rough stretch. She even said that people would bring her family a meal every other day for multiple months at a time. The CAL football team even placed Bradley’s number, 22, on their helmets for the entire season. Elementary school students drew pictures and made cards for Brad on a weekly basis to lighten his mood as well.
“It was very gracious of the school to let me step away from my job for a while and provide so much prayer. I am very lucky to call the people at this school and my church a part of my family,” she said.
By the grace of God, Bradley is now in remission from cancer.
Her motto says, “It’s okay not to know, but it’s not okay to not try.” This saying has not only inspired students to go the extra mile, it rings loud and clear in her life.
For some parting words, Mrs. Wilson was quick to give a message for all high schoolers today: “Unplug and be in the moment. Take out the earbuds and put your phone away. Enjoy high school with your friends. It will go so quickly. There is nothing like face to face conversations with your friends.”
With a beaming smile and a plethora of encouragement to offer, it is evident that this woman is a sincere Christ follower and the word of God is abundantly living inside of her. Thank you, Mrs. Wilson, for all that you do!