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Social studies teacher Michael Wilson, Class of 2001

 

Michael Wilson, 2023 (Photo credit: 2023 Flight yearbook)

It’s hard to imagine that the man behind Naperville Central’s most famous beard was ever clean shaven, but Michael Wilson didn’t have facial hair he’s known for when he graduated from Central in the class of 2001.

Wilson played on the boys varsity basketball team as a senior and was already coaching the sport when he was offered a teaching position at Central.

He received two job offers after graduation—Mount Prospect High School and Central—but Wilson jumped at the opportunity to come back to his childhood school.

“I [chose] Central because I was familiar with the community,” Wilson said.

Wilson emphasized the societal differences between the Central that he attended 22 years ago as a student and the one he teaches at today.

“When I was in high school, there were cliques and there was bullying, but all of that was face-to-face,” Wilson said. “Now I hear about Barstool and media platforms, the bullying is actually worse [now].”

Wilson loves the new, inclusive atmosphere that the school has gained over the years. In his teaching, Wilson works to break down the societal barriers that he experienced as a student.

“I never felt like I fit in at Central [as a student], there were only a few teachers I enjoyed being around,” Wilson said. “I wanted to come back here because it’s important for students who don’t like high school to understand that [that’s] okay and you can still be happy later on in life.”

Kathryn Prerost contributed to this story

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C.J. Getting
C.J. Getting, News Editor
C.J. is a junior entering his third year on Staff for the Central Times. He’s always loved writing news, and is excited to work as the News Editor this year. When he’s not writing for CT, C.J. can be found captaining the Debate Team or helping out SAC or JSA. He also desperately needs to detox from volunteering. After graduation, C.J. hopes to major in Political Science and spend too much money on Law School someday.
Kathryn Prerost
Kathryn Prerost, Multimedia Editor
Kathryn Prerost is a senior, and is entering her first year on the Central Times staff as the multimedia manager. She loves music and theatre, and really enjoys going down rabbit holes about any topic that makes you think. You’ll mostly find her writing opinion pieces about niche topics, or talking about the newest pop culture moments in media. When she’s not in the Central Times office, she loves to arrange music, video edit and is always working on a new art project to decorate her room with.
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