Staff Spotlight: Mr. Wildeman

Cherokee has many unique and fun teachers, but Mr. Wildeman, a biology and environmental science teacher, is one of the most connected with his students.

But previous to teaching here, Mr. Wildeman actually was a student at Cherokee. Since then, he has come back to teach and inspire his students.

Mr. Wildeman at his KSU graduation. [Photo provided by: Mr. Wildeman]

The Warrior Word had the opportunity to interview Mr. Wildeman about his background and interests.

How long have you been at Cherokee?

I’ve been at Cherokee since 2012. But from 2012-2015, I was a student.

Where did you go to college, and what degree did you get?

I went to college at Georgia Gwinnett College, and I got my degree in Biotech. And then I went to Kennesaw State and got my masters in Integrative Biology.

What is the best and worst part of teaching?

The best part is connecting with the students and building good relationships. The worst part is when students don’t listen.

What brought you to Cherokee?

Cherokee’s kind of like a family. So I’ve been here for a long time and I got to grow up with a lot of teachers who are now principals here, and so, I came back to be part of the family that poured into me so much when I was a kid.

What clubs and activities are you involved in here?

I’m involved with First Priority, or FCA (the Fellowship of Christian Athletes). I’m involved with the Varsity soccer for the girls’ program, and the Tribe.

What advice would you give to students?

Just, work hard. Do your stuff on time, and work hard every day.

Are there any fun facts about you that you want the readers to know?

Oh, boy. I used to be a professional jump roper. I have a dog that is a miniature Australian shepherd. I once met Macaulay Culkin on an airplane, and I am 173 centimeters tall.

We appreciate all that Mr. Wildeman does for his students and the school and wish him luck as Cherokee finishes out the semester!

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