Only one in ten elementary school teachers are men, according to Education Week.
“It’s no lie that male elementary educators are highly needed,” Bryce Wilson, senior elementary education major, said.
“I have always thought that male teachers in the elementary setting can make a real impact,” Megan Angel, Wilson’s cooperating teacher at Willard Schools, said. “The younger students respond well and look up to these teachers as role models.”
When asked how Wilson chose teaching, he had a simple answer: “I never considered doing anything else with my career.”
“Bryce has the unique gift of being a natural born educator,” Shondra Collins, Wilson’s practicum cooperating teacher at York Elementary, said. “Bryce made a lasting impact on my students and myself that I will never forget. He holds a special place in our hearts.”
Wilson is wrapping up his educational career at Missouri State but is leaving well-prepared.
“The elementary education program at Missouri State is second to none,” Wilson said. “I have grown as an individual and an educator during my time within the program.”
Angel had similar praise to give.
“Mr. Wilson is able to have fun with the students, but they respect him and respond to his teaching well,” Angel said. “He has also formed relationships with students with behavioral needs, and I have seen major differences in these students.”
Wilson explained his success bonding with students.
“Rather than my thought process being all about teaching content, it is all about knowing the individual,” Wilson said.
Amanda Hambey, principal of Willard North, echoed Wilson.
“He takes initiative,” Hambey said. “He has a love and passion for kids and teaching that is very evident.”
His professors and cooperating teachers earned high-praise from Wilson. “I cannot give enough thanks,” Wilson said. “I hope they know the value of their position and the impact they have made in my life personally and professionally.”
“I would strongly encourage other young men who are considering teaching to think about the elementary world,” Angel said. “It has been a pleasure to host Bryce in our classroom. The students truly love him.”
When asked about his advice to other men considering teaching, Wilson said, “Think about how you could positively affect the lives of young students just as you were at one point.”