By Amanda Compton
Photo Credit: Rebecca Fox
Middle School History Teacher Eric Wildermuth was promoted to Assistant Head of School in July 2019.
Since joining Twin Oaks Christian School three years ago, Wildermuth has served in various leadership roles, including middle school team lead, and has proven himself capable of not only effectively teaching and mentoring middle schoolers but also at leading his fellow colleagues through his collaborative and detail-oriented nature.
As Assistant Head of School, Wildermuth is the point person for facilities and technology issues as well as student discipline. He also works closely with the PIE Committee to ensure school events run smoothly. This frees up time for Head of School Kendall Brewer to serve teachers in their classrooms, build relationships within the school community and develop strategies to promote and grow the school.
“First and foremost, I want people to know what a fantastic education their children will receive here at Twin Oaks,” said Wildermuth, who also still teaches middle school history. “I also want to help build some structures behind the scenes as resources for our staff to help stabilize the school as we grow into the future.”
Wildermuth said it is humbling to have been given the opportunity to serve God in education where he gets to watch students grow into who God created them to be. In fact, one of his more touching moments was this past spring when he witnessed his first sixth grade class at Twin Oaks graduate to ninth grade.
“TOCS is a dynamic school for children to learn responsibility for themselves as well as for others, to be challenged, and to persevere through moments of failure,” noted Wildermuth, adding, “It is a place where students learn from teachers and staff who want the best for them, modeling Christ in good and bad times.”
Wildermuth first heard of Twin Oaks in a small group he was attending with Middle School Bible Teacher and Chaplain Mr. Matt Pannkuk, who told him of an open middle school position teaching history, which also happens to be his favorite subject. Eric moved swiftly to apply and after three interviews and teaching a sample lesson, Eric said he could tell that Twin Oaks was a special place.
Wildermuth graduated in 2015 from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill., with a bachelors in Bible Secondary Education. He did his student teaching at Living Word Christian High School in O’Fallon, Mo. Upon graduation, Eric relocated to St. Louis with his wife, Janel, so she could study counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary. Going forward, Eric hopes to pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Janel works as a counselor at Karis House in South City. They have a cat named Ann Perkins, inspired by a character in the television series Parks and Recreation. Outside of work, Eric enjoys riding bikes and learning how to fix things around the house.
The Wildermuths attend Riverside Presbyterian Church. Eric’s favorite scripture is Psalm 121. “There is an older song that put the words of this psalm to a melody and our church used to sing it,” he said. “I find it comforting and hopeful.”
When asked about his favorite thing about Twin Oaks Christian School, Eric responded, “There are a lot of things I like about Twin Oaks but if I had to pick, I’d say the people. There is a special community here that I have not experienced working anywhere else, Christian or not.”
You may reach Mr. Wildermuth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Twin Oaks Christian School at 636-861-1901.
Twin Oaks Christian School, a ministry of Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church