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We’re highlighting a teacher every Wednesday as a part of the #RedForEd campaign.

Every year is a great year to celebrate our teachers, but this year has shined a bright light on the flexibility and compassion of our incredible staff.

Today we’re highlighting Mrs. Kara Wilkinson, an English teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

What motivates you?
My students motivate me. Middle school students are unique, especially sixth graders. The jump from fifth to sixth grade, and from elementary to middle school, is difficult for many students. I am here to be their teacher, but I also want them to feel welcome, safe, and cared for.  They make mistakes but as I tell them, mistakes happen to all of us and you learn from them, whether the mistake was social or academic. Mistakes help us grow.

How has your job changed due to COVID?
Because of COVID, I have learned how to use so much new technology in a short amount of time, and I am still learning.  My students love to help me when I can’t figure something out!

What is something that people don’t understand about your job?
My “job” doesn’t end when the school day ends.  My students and their parents know they can contact me at any time, and I will be there to help them.

Why do you love VCSC/your school?
I love teaching at Woodrow Wilson. We are a family of administrators, colleagues, and students that supports and cares for each other. I am lucky that my daughter teaches down the hall from me. I have been at WWMS since 2001 and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Be sure to check back on #Staffurday–Saturday, that is–as we recognize members of our non-teaching staff. We’ll continue both campaigns through the end of the school year.