LIS teacher honored
By ANDREA FURLONG
A teacher at Lutheran Interparish School, Williamsburg, has been chosen as the teacher of the year from the Iowa District East of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Elyse Wilde, 37, was chosen from five other nominated teachers to receive the award. Wilde teaches eighth grade, as well as sixth and seventh grade social studies and seventh grade science at LIS. She has been employed at LIS for the past five years.
LIS Principal Bill Sitas said that Wilde is an influential and caring teacher at the school.
“I believe, first and foremost, that her strong faith acts as a guide for her and her students in the classroom. She truly cares about each of her students on many levels. She is always seeking innovative methods to reach and teach her students,” he said.
Wilde is originally from Fulda, Minn. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Concordia University, Neb., as well as a middle school endorsement through a satellite office of Viterbo University, Des Moines.
Wilde is in her 15th year of teaching. She started her teaching career as a teacher of fifth and sixth graders at a private Lutheran school in Fulda, Minn. After seven years, Wilde moved to Gilbert, Ariz., to teach sixth grade at another private Lutheran school for two years. She has been at LIS since the fall of 2004.
Wilde said her favorite thing about teaching is being able to “share my faith in Christ with these kids.”
“It’s a true blessing to be here and to be able to share my faith and see them grow.”
UPDATED November 18, 2009 2:05 PM