Title: Art Teacher (Retired)
Company: Beloit School District, Wisconsin
Location: Clinton, WI, United States
Anita Thurin Wildermuth, Art Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of art education.
With a love of art stemming from her childhood, Ms. Wildermuth has always known she would be an art educator. A native of La Crosse, she recieved positive encouragement from her parents, Arthur and Aleda Marie Thurin, as well as her elementary school art teacher, Lawrence Urbscheit. Her father was a grocer and encouraged a young Ms. Wildermuth to paint on the front windows of the store while her teacher inspired her to pursue art before he advanced to teaching at the collegiate level. Ms. Wildermuth packed her paintbrushes and ventured to Luther College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1961, before earning a Master of Arts in education from Rockford College in 1977. A certified teacher in the state of Wisconsin, Ms. Wildermuth has taught art at the Dodgeville School District and the Viroqua School District before spending over 30 years with the Beloit School District before retiring in 1998.
As a testament to her influence as an art educator, Ms. Wildermuth served as a United States ambassador at the 1988 People to People Art Education Program in China. She met artists from various regions and still keeps in touch with them today. In addition to her responsibilities as an art educator, Ms. Wildermuth has served as the supervisor for the Beloit School District from 1968 to 1998, the owner of Thurin Apartments and the secretary and treasurer for Wildermuth Farms, Incorporated. Never one to limit herself, Ms. Wildermuth has been a member of the Southern Wisconsin Interest Macintosh Computer Society and an EMT with the Turtle Fire Department in Beloit from 1980 to 2005. Her husband, Robert Berl Wildermuth, whom she married in 1978, has been with the same fire department for nearly 60 years. In recognition of her success, Ms. Wildermuth has been awarded with the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women.
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