Who Is The Wise Owl Factory?

Wise Owl Factory up north at the cabinI’m Carolyn, a wife, mom, and grandmother, and an advocate of life-long learning. I am also the author of the Wise Owl Factory which has (mostly) free educational materials for parents, teachers, homeschools, libraries, and scout groups to use. Wise Owl Factory has been providing educational materials online since 2008, although I have been a free-lance curriculum writer since 1974. Currently, I volunteer in a kindergarten for Robbinsdale Area Schools.

I live in Minnesota, and when I’m not enjoying time with my grandchildren and creating lessons, I’m involved in local writing and blogging groups — and love taking time out in nature to observe my favorite bird, owls.

owl certificate for long eared owl female

My certificate!


Here is an female long-eared owl I adopted at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota, at a family owl evening around a campfire with their naturalists.

photo of Sharp-shinned hawk adopted by Carolyn Wilhelm

Here is a photo of a Sharp-shinned hawk I adopted. Daytime birds are OK, too!

Education Is My Passion

I have a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Special Studies of Gifted Children, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12.  I had National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist 2004-2014. I am a licensed, certified teacher in Minnesota through 2020 I have recently been certified in First Aid and CPR (Pediatric through Adults) by the Red Cross.  As you can see, I practice what I teach, learning is for life!

Writing Is My Love

I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and have free lessons on a site they are associated with named ReadWriteThink.  I also write at Reminiscing Writers, and you will find my products on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Previous publications include the anthology Mom for the Holidays: Stories of Love, Laughter & Tantrums at Christmas & Hanukkah by Nolan and Demas. A newer children’s reader is about our own family and our adopted daughter: Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story. 

Curriculum Is My Specialty

I write curriculum for the grade levels I have taught over the years, including self-contained grades one, two, three, four, and five. I have also taught gifted education and thinking skill classes from kindergarten to grade six.

My main emphasis is on a subject that is close to my heart, literacy.  Many of my lessons are based on specific children’s books to encourage comprehension and a love of reading.  I also enjoy writing lessons for math and social studies, among others. My web host is the wonderful Mom Webs who truly have given me much support and help.

I hope you find many helpful lessons and educational materials on this site.

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Carolyn writes curriculum for the different grade levels she has taught over the years including self-contained grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. She also taught gifted education and thinking skill classes for grades K-6. She had National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist 2004-2014. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and has free lessons on a site they are associated with named ReadWriteThink.org. She writes this blog and shares many free resources here.

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I love learning!

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” – Eartha Kitt

Carolyn takes many classes as you can see by the linked certificates below.

Art of Loose Parts Reggio Class by Fairy Dust Teaching
Learn Microsoft Publisher Course on Udemy
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6: The Complete Video Editing Course
Master Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC - From Beginner to Advanced
YouTube Masterclass - Your Complete Guide to YouTube
Photoshop for Web Design Beginners
SS5 - English Language Learners in the Classroom
Authority and Confidence (Classroom Management)
SS5 - Recognizing Early-onset Mental Health Disorders

My Classroom!

“The future of the world is in my classroom today.” — Ivan Welton Fitzwater

A classroom full of wise owls!
100 Day Math Fun
Science Experiments
More wise owls hard at work learning!
silent reading time
taking notes on a field trip
2015 Wayzata Schools Esteemed Teacher
note from a student
note to Mrs. Wilhelm from student

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