Meet Marie Eddison
"My experience at Wildwood is the reason I'm a teacher." Marie says. A member of Wildwood's first 8th grade class, Marie says, "It was a magical time for me. I loved watching my young teachers build a community not just around knowledge but also around passion. Her Wildwood teachers also encouraged her personal aspirations. Today, she does most of her singing in the car, but throughout high school, Marie sang in the Holman United Methodist Church gospel choir.
After Wildwood, Marie chose Earlham College, a small Quaker liberal arts school in Indiana. The summer following her freshman year, she interned at CityLife Downtown Charter School in Los Angeles. "The students there were sweet and passionate." she says.
Most striking to Marie was how much they all valued education. "It made the idea of teaching come alive."
Marie went on to earn a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University in Rhode Island. She is now a member of the faculty at a small residential high school in New England specializing in individualized instruction for students with learning disabilities.
Her teaching practice draws on what Marie considers one of the most important benefits of her own Wildwood education: finding the right strategies.
"My own teachers helped me where I was struggling, and that taught me about differentiated learning. Honoring those differences is built into the curriculum at Wildwood. It's really valuable," Marie says. "If you want to feel as though you are safe to confront the project of learning, Wildwood is the best place to be."