Fifth-grade teacher Aaron Wilson is creative and innovative in his approach to teaching students at Woodley Elementary School in Hattiesburg. Chair of the school's science and math departments, Wilson has developed his own games to teach math concepts and often enlivens his lessons with examples from his own life, helping students connect their learning with the real world. Effective in using technology to aid instruction, Wilson wears a microphone headset while teaching and uses a Promethean Board and instant-response clickers to keep students engaged. Wilson's excellent classroom management skills allow him to keep his class under control while providing individualized help to students in need. He has guided students in constructing and programming robots and creating weather vanes, which they use to measure the speed of wind. Between classes, Wilson can be seen walking down the hall, calling out math questions to which students eagerly respond with the answer. At a school where almost every student is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, Wilson has consistently helped raise test scores on the Mississippi Curriculum Test (MCT). A member of the school's Science Fair Committee, he has helped students earn awards at the regional science fair. Wilson was recently selected to serve as Woodley's science academic coach, charged with helping to train teachers on the district's newly adopted science program. He has also mentored beginning teachers and regularly shares his technological expertise with other teachers.
2002 University of Southern Mississippi, B.S.