Named in honor of the founder of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Terre Haute, the award was created to honor exemplary teachers in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Theodora was a member of the Sisters of Providence, which still sponsors St. Mary-of-the Woods College, the country oldest Catholic liberal arts institution for women.
Wilson, who provides a topnotch Catholic education by incorporating the teachings of Jesus Christ into her lessons, has taught at St. for 14 years. She said her primary focus is to serve the children and their families in the best manner possible.
And she does this by developing personal relationships with her students and their families, said Principal Joe Hansen, who added that parents are actively encouraged to be a part of her classroom. “She is able to meet the needs of all of her students no matter where they are academically.”
Outside the classroom, Wilson continues to make an impact as an educator by organizing an anti-bullying rally each year. She also leads the STREAM (science, technology religion engineering art and mathematics) curriculum, coaches the Spell Bowl, kickball and volleyball teams and serves as a Eucharistic minister and a cantor.
An active volunteer who likes to compete in half-marrathons and triathlons, Wilson said she is proud of the fact that her students always score well on the ISTEP+.
“The type of leadership that Mrs. Wilson shows is the reason why pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers, as well as support staff, flock to her for professional and personal advice,” said Hansen. “Mrs. Wilson offers loving words of wisdom and is always there when a person is in need.”