October Staff Highlight: Ms. Wilson
What do you do?
I am currently the 9th Grade Dean Associate at AMS II. I also teach our Hip Hop 101 elective class and I am the Gay Straight Alliance advisor.
Why do you do what you do?
When I was in highschool I had a lot of family issues going on and for me school was my safe haven. I always told myself that if I ever got the opportunity to work with youth in a school setting, then I would.
What do you love about AMS II?
What I love most about AMS II is the overall support for our students and school culture. In a lot of other schools students could easily slip through the cracks but not here at AMS II. Our staff know who our students are and are constantly making sure they are ok. We embrace our students and staff despite any differences and celebrate them when they are trying their best.
3 Things people may not know about you?
I was in a rock band in high school
I am really good at impersonating people
I use to perform songs on public transportation
How long have you worked at AMS II?
This is my 6th year working at AMS II. Before working here I was working at Carnegie Hall as an Usher/Backstage Attendant.
What are your hobbies outside of school?
Spending time with my family and friends
Creating music / poetry
What are some highlights of yours since starting at AMS II?
One of my favorite moments here at AMS II would have to be when I started the Gay Straight Alliance club. There has always been a need for this kind of club in our school but no one took the lead. So two years ago I decided it was time to officially give our students a true safe space.
What has been one of your favorite personal grows?
Allowing myself to be more upfront and honest about my past struggles. Sometimes you do not know how much of an impact you can have on someone else when they hear your story. The more open I become the more open the students are with me and I am able to build better relationships.
What are your hopes for your students? What drives you?
My overall hope for my students is that by the end of high school they are in a position to choose what they want to do next. Whether that may be go to college or get a job. The goal is that they will be able to decide.
If students could take away one thing from you, what would it be?
If it is one thing I want my students to take away from me is that life can throw many obstacles your way. I had a thousand reasons to give up when I was in high school but if I could push through, I know they can.
You can learn more about Ms. Wilson and her redemption story here: https://www.them.us/story/first-person-dashawn