Wilder has spent the last 19 years at Chicora Elementary School, where she serves as a Child Development Teacher.
Wilder is a 1997 graduate of the College of Charleston and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from Southern Wesleyan University. Most recently she completed her Pre-School Special Education Certification.
I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, and I wanted to be a nurse,” said Wilder. “I always had a giving spirit and a spirit of service. My grandmother once said to me ‘you would make a great nurse, but you would also make a great educator. One heals the body, and other heals the mind.’ That resonated with me and she pointed me in the direction of wanting to teach.”
“It is just in my character to do my job, and all this attention on me for doing my job is beyond humbling,” said Wilder. “I was taught that you don’t look for praises. I know so many other teachers out there that teach every day and deserve the honor. To have this recognition is mind blowing. I am truly blessed to be able to fulfill the spiritual calling in my life as a teacher. I am able to rest confidently knowing my faith confirms, ‘Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding’ – Proverbs 2:6.”