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Educators tell their stories, hear from noted teacher

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Lisa Wilde, guest author-teacher at "Telling our Stories"
Lisa Wilde, guest author-teacher at "Telling our Stories"

North Central College will host a breakfast, themed “Telling our Stories,” on Nov. 12 when teaching colleagues can share their stories and experiences in education.

Special guest author/illustrator and teacher Lisa Wilde will share her experiences as well and preview her graphic memoir “Yo, Miss.”

North Central’s education alumni and current students and faculty who are interested in education are invited to attend the breakfast, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the College’s Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center, 309 School St. RSVP is required; contact Cindy Mak at or 630-637-5747. This event is taking place during North Central’s Sesquicentennial  Homecoming Celebration.

Wilde teaches at John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School in New York City. Wildcat Academy is a second-chance public charter high school that serves students who have dropped out, been kicked out or flunked out of other schools. In many ways, the school’s population epitomizes the problems facing public education today.  

Wilde’s book “Yo, Miss” is based on her experiences teaching at Wildcat and reveals real-life classroom experiences. It follows eight students (fictionalized to protect their identities) and the Miss over the course of a school year.

There’s Will, who has to attend school as part of his probation; Jasmine, who’s dyslexic, homeless and at 20, about to age out; Kyer, who’s prone to violent outbursts after her almost fatal accident; and Natalie, who’s pregnant and due on the last day of her senior year. The question is: who will graduate?

“My aim in this book,” says Wilde, “is to capture some of the contradictions, messiness, beauty and truth that occur daily in the trenches of education.”

Wilde was born in Wauwatosa, Wis., and is a sister of North Central College President Harold R. Wilde. After moving to New York to pursue a career in broadcasting with the BBC, she began taking art classes in the evenings and eventually made the career shift from broadcasting to creating art and teaching. Wilde also has had artwork exhibited in New York City and in private collections in the United States, Italy and South America.

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