COLUMBIA CITY — Faith Christian Academy recently announced the hiring of Emily Wilder as its new kindergarten and first grade teacher for 2018-19 school year. Wilder will replace Jennifer Meredith, who resigned due to family responsibilities.

“I am honored to be the new teacher at Faith Christian Academy,” Wilder said.

She and her family have lived in Columbia City her entire life. Wilder is the daugther of David and Jennifer Wilder.

“They have been two of my biggest supporters,” Wilder said.

Her grandfather, Bill Wilder, plays the biggest role in her love of education.

She grew up attending Trinity Church and spent “a lot of time” with her church family.

She spent more than 10 summers at Brook Cherith Camp.

“This is where I first gave my life to Christ,” she said.

Wilder graduated from Columbia City High School in 2014 and Huntington University in 2018 with a degree in elementary education and special education.

She is engaged to be married to Curtis Shoda in November.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and students at FCA. God has led me here and we are going to be a great fit together,” Wilder said.