Peter Wilson ’86, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, struggled for several years to find his passion. Finally, he made the choice to become an educator — a decision he said transformed his life. He now works as a fourth-grade teacher in Hartland and has recently released a book about his teaching journey.
“’Mumbo Jumbo & Banana Peppers” was written to share my journey to teaching, how I teach from the heart and how to teach math creatively,” Peter said. “Although it’s a teaching book, all readers would get something out of it, since it is filled with many anecdotes and quotes from students.”
Combining his other passions of travel and outdoor photography with teaching, Peter also has founded a nonprofit organization, Imaginaction, with the goal of taking urban students to Olympic National Park in Washington state.
Although Peter’s undergraduate degree at UW-Eau Claire was in business, he said his experiences nevertheless continue to influence him today.
“My time at UW-Eau Claire gave me the chance to understand and push myself in many ways — ways that taught me perseverance and belief in my own abilities and my own heart,” Peter said.