South Carolina ASCD Blog

Tell us about your role as an educator.  What does you typical day look like?

South Carolina ASCD member Cheryl Wilson is the second educator from South Carolina to be selected as one of ASCD's Class of 2015 Emerging Leaders. Cheryl serves as the Freshman Academy administrator at Eau Claire High School in Richland School District One. She also serves as Digital Learning Environment Coordinator, leading the district's 1:1 initiative by assisting teachers and students with on-site instructional technology integration.

I began my career as an English Teacher. Since then, I have served in several capacities from cheer coach to my current position as Freshman Academy Administrator. Along this journey, I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see things from many angles in education.

Was there a pivotal moment when you realized your career choice in education was the correct one? Describe that time.

I knew from childhood that I wanted to be a teacher, mainly because the teachers I had were amazing and gave me the gift of loving to read and to write.  My parents prioritized our education and they were very proud of me when I was accepted into college.  Because of the opportunities my parents provided and the Grace of so many variables out of my control that worked to help me receive an education, I was able to be the first person in both of my families to go to college.  At first, my dad was concerned that I wanted to teach because he saw many opportunities for me in other fields.  He encouraged me to consider business.