New on Campus: Da’Nall Wilmer, Social Studies, Middle School
What would students be surprised to find out about you?
I think my students would be surprised to learn that I am also a children’s book author. Throughout my career I have been inspired to mentor and teach kids the importance of leadership and respecting each other’s differences. My books, THE GOOD BOOK: A Kid’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Student Leader, and THE GREAT BOOK: A Kid’s Guide to Understanding the Greatness in Extroverts and Introverts teach important lessons benefitting children of all ages.
What is your favorite book, movie, and band/performer?
My favorite books would have to be the Harry Potter series. I really enjoyed the books and movies when I was younger. James and the Giant Peach would have to be my all-time favorite film --- I’ve seen it at least 100 times! I love all types of music, but I’m a really big Drake fan. He’s a very talented lyricist and I hope to see him in concert one day.
What constitutes a “good day” at school for you?
My day is always centered around my students. When I know that my students are having a good day and have learned something new, then that is a successful day for me as well. I take pride in being able to positively impact my students’ enthusiasm about learning.
How did your own school experience influence your teaching career?
When I was younger, I had great teachers but I also had a small number of teachers that weren’t very passionate about their responsibility as an educator. That is why I strive each day to put my best effort into my lessons and provide a fun and memorable, yet challenging, experience for my students. Going home each day knowing that I have done just that makes my job as a teacher worthwhile.
What is the single most important thing you hope to impart to your students?
I want my students to know that school is not just a place to learn academics; it’s also a place to learn how to grow as a person, develop new skills, as well as create cherishable relationships and memories that will last forever. I want my students to know the importance of hard work, kindness and that they are all special no matter who they are.