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Meet the Teacher

             My name is Mrs. Shelley Wilson. I am currently a Kindergarten teacher at Damascus Elementary. I love teaching and kids. I love my family, friends, the Ohio State Buckeyes, hanging out, swimming, reading, and most of all Bon Jovi! I just know I am going to meet him someday! ;)
              I am married to Bill Wilson who is a 1989 graduate from West Branch. We have three children. The oldest is Mya, who is my step-daughter. She is 14 years old and is now in 8th grade at the middle school. She loves to dance and is now a WBMS Cheerleader and is a huge help to me at home and at school. My son Landon is 9 years old and is in third grade at Damascus. Landon likes to play football, baseball soccer, LOVES John Deere tractors, the Dallas Cowboys, and playing games. My daughter Macy is 8 years old and is in second grade at Damascus. Macy loves to cheer, dance, and of course play with dolls. All three kids and my husband are my pride and joy and bring excitement to my life!
               I am originally from Salem,Ohio where I grew up as a Salem Quaker. I graduated in 1997 and began my college career at Bowling Green State University. My senior year of college, I transferred to Mount Union College and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Education. I did my student teaching in Salem at Buckeye Elementary in a first grade classroom, where Denise Shultz was my cooperating teacher. Following my graduation, I accepted a third grade teaching position at McKinley Elementary in Lisbon, Ohio. I really enjoyed my job, but got married to my husband that spring and decided to try to stay closer to home. I then accepted a part-time Kindergarten position at West Branch at Goshen Elementary, with Becky Bricker becoming my mentoring teacher. In the spring of 2011, I made the decision that I wanted to become a full time teacher since my kids were going to all be in school, and moved to second grade. Although there were many tears shed over leaving Kindergarten, in the first few days of teaching second grade, I am loving every second. At the end of the 2012 school year I was transferred back to kindergarten.
             I owe my teaching career to a couple of wonderful people from my past. I always wanted to be a teacher, but had some words of encouragement from Cindy Maher whom I babysat all three of her kids while in high school. Cindy was a third grade teacher in Salem, Ohio and always told me that if I didn't become a teacher, I was "missing my calling." While doing my student teaching in Salem, Cindy's youngest daughter was in my classroom. While it was a fun experience to have Mallory in my class, and also being her babysitter, it was also very hard as Cindy passed away in March of that same year from cancer.  I believe it was God's plan to have me with her daughter that year. 
           I did my student teaching in Mrs. Denise Shultz's first grade classroom. Some of you knew Denise. She was truly the best teacher I have ever met. She taught me so many things that I continue to use not only in my classroom, but also in my daily life. Just a few short years ago, Denise too was taken at a young age. I am honored to have worked with such a wonderful woman!
          Last, but not least, my main reason is because of Mrs. Janie Mowery. She was my fifth grade teacher in Salem at Prospect Elementary and made learning so much fun! She was so proud to be from Salem and always made us feel proud to be a Quaker too! She encouraged me to do good in school and become a teacher as I just "had that personality." I was honored to serve on the Salem Alumni Association with Mrs. Mowery and also be a "cheerleader" for her and her family as she battled brain cancer. She taught me the poem "The man who thinks he can." I believe that is a message that she would still be teaching if she were still here with us today. :)
          I thank you for giving me this opportunity to tell you about myself and my family, as well as thank those who have encouraged me along the way. I hope that I too can send words of encouragement to your child as they come through my doors each and every day!