Simon Wilson in aisle at commencement

For six years, Simon Wilson fought hard for his dreams, and at Commencement in 2012, he claimed his victory: an undergraduate degree from UIS.

Simon now has a job teaching fifth grade at Butler Elementary, and this past summer, he began a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at UIS.

Not bad for a man who declared in high school:

“I will NEVER go to college. My family is too poor. And even if I did go to college, I would never graduate.” Continue reading