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Golden Apple: Michael Wilson

By Brad Means

Michael Wilson brings a world of experience to his Social Studies classroom at A.R. Johnson.

He says, "I was an Army brat, I spent 6 years as a child living in the Federal Republic of Germany.  I also attended Sacred Heart Elementary School , then Aquinas High School in Augusta.

At the University of Georgia,  I majored in History, German, and French. Then later I went on to have graduate studies at Georgia and at the University of California Santa Barbara in Germanic Languages and Literatures."

That experience and education lead him to teach at the middle school, high school, and college levels. And now he's home.

"I know many of my students, I've known their elder siblings. I know their parents. In some cases, I've taught their parents. I hate to say it but in some cases I've taught their grandparents. It's nice to be able to contribute to your community and see your community improve over time," he says.

You have to love Dr. Wilson's approach. His attitude and outlook are inspiring.

"There's a lot of room for optimism. I know a lot of people denegrate American education and say we're falling behind. But these students are at least a year ahead in mathematics. They are taking classes that I never took in high school. That includes Economics."

Congratulations Dr. Michael Wilson. A teacher who helps his students connect with his lessons by applying them to real life. A teacher who is thankful to get to go to work each day with a great group of students.

He says,

"It's the atmosphere of the school. I'm very fortunate because I have a lot of friends who are teachers who teach at other schools and we compare combat stories, and I don't have to do the kind of combat.  This is an excellent group. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

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