Wolftever Creek's Virginia Dillinger wins Golden Apple Award

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Updated: 8/13/2012 3:49 pm
Reading is the foundation for learning... And it's not the easiest subject for every student to grasp.

But at Wolftever Creek Elementary there's a reading interventionist who helped the words make sense for one little girl.

Virginia Dillinger is this week's Golden Apple Award winner.

Spend a moment in Virginia Dillinger's classroom and it's easy to spot her favorite subject.

Dillinger says, "Reading is the key to their success in the classroom."

For the past 6 years the reading interventionist has stepped in when kids needed a little extra help putting the sounds together, "We want to reach the children at an early success, to help them to be successful in the classroom to prevent any failure that might come with difficulty with learning to read."

And for 9 year old Gaby Kilgore that extra bit of help paid off.

Gaby's mother Mary Kilgore reads from her Golden Apple Nomination letter, "Gaby is incredibly smart. But she just needed that little bit of extra attention to help her learn to speak and read."

The fourth grader spent time in Ms. Dillinger's class as a kindergartener.

Four years later, she's reading above grade level.

Mary Kilgore says, "Ms. Dillinger did something that clicked in Gaby's mind and everything came together."

Now reading is one of Gaby's favorite pass times.

In fact, this summer when she participated with her brother and sister in the library's reading program Gaby read over 150 books.

Gaby says, "I can read the words better and understand them more."

That's the kind of understanding Ms. Dillinger wants for all her students.

She loves teaching and learning almost as much as she loves her kids, and Dillinger says watching them "get it" is one of the most exciting things in the world, "These kids have so much potential and when you see them fulfill that, there's nothing better."
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