Meet Wendy Schmeling
Wendy was born and raised in upstate New York. Her father was a truck driver. Her mother started out as a homemaker, but later worked in the field of Disabilities and Special Needs for the state of South Carolina. Wendy is the youngest of 2 siblings. Her brother lives in Texas, where he is an audiologist for veterans. Her sister works in the medical field in South Carolina. After Wendy's parents divorced, Wendy and her mom moved to South Carolina. Wendy graduated from Berkeley high school in 1993.
Early on, Wendy knew she wanted to be an educator. Wendy went to Charleston Southern University, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. She began her teaching career in 1997 at North Charleston High School. She would go on to teach at various schools in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties in South Carolina. Wendy has taught in public schools, charter schools, and a private school. She is certified to teach the Social Sciences in grades 6 through 12, and endorsed to teach gifted learners in grades K through 12.
Wendy moved to Polk county, Florida in 2009. She taught high school in Orange county public schools. Briefly she took a hiatus from education and worked for Walt Disney World as a vacation planner. Wendy returned to teaching at a charter school in Orange county, teaching gifted learners. After that, Wendy taught in Polk county for 4 years at a magnet school, where she helped her failing school pull up its state Civics scores. Currently, she teaches at a charter school in Polk county.
Wendy is a published author. She wrote a self help book in 2014 entitled "Daddy Issues." Her book was written to help anyone who has experienced abuse growing up in a broken home. She plans to write more books in the near future.
Wendy is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. She became a follower of Christ when she was a teenager. Her first ministry was serving as a youth leader at Gateway Community church in South Carolina. Wendy went on to get her ministry certification in 2008 and her ministry license in 2009 from the Assemblies of God. She served in the young adult ministry, helped to lead a mission trip to Haiti, and served in many other ministries at Faith Assembly in South Carolina. After moving to Florida, Wendy became an ordained minister. She has served as a women's ministry pastor and has a ministry to women called "Women of Influence, Daughters of the King."
Wendy lives in Polk county. She is not married and does not have any children. She has dedicated her life to service in education and ministry.