Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Denise Hilton

Mrs. Hilton has been at Mason Prep for 19 years. She began her career at Mason Prep teaching French for grades 1-3 before swimming into second grade (Mrs. Hilton’s students are known as the fish).

Why do you enjoy teaching?
I enjoy teaching because of the children. They make each day special. Their creativity and curiosity about learning new things brings a joy to my heart. I enjoy helping them learn and helping them discover new strengths within themselves.

Why do you teach at Mason Prep?
Mason Prep has always held a special place in my heart. I am a graduate of Mason Prep, and I met one of my dearest, lifelong friends while a student here. I think that Mason Prep is an amazing place. I feel the students, parents, and faculty are like my family. I have been fortunate enough to experience Mason Prep as a student, as a teacher, and now as a parent. When I became a teacher, I knew I wanted to be at Mason Prep, and I have been blessed with this wonderful opportunity.

What is the most important life lesson that you want your students to take from second grade?
I want my students to take with them that kindness really matters. No matter what obstacles they face, they should let their kindness create positivity.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to go to the beach, swim, and read great books. I enjoy going to Disney World with my family. I also like to run and will be sponsoring the Running Club again next year. It is wonderful to watch students as they set goals to improve their distance or time. I like encouraging them to find and enjoy an exercise that they can use for a lifetime.

What are some interesting facts about yourself?
I love watching movies from the 1930s and 1940s. I enjoy singing and dancing.

What are some things you’d like to do in the future?
• Ballroom dancing
• Participate in a lip sync battle
• Travel the world

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