Grammar School isn't all fun and games... But at Lookout Valley Elementary one special teacher makes sure her kids have a good time, while they learn life lessons.
Susan O'Mary is this week's Golden Apple Award winner.
The kids in Susan O'Mary's classroom wave their hands as they sing, "Celebrate good times, come on..."
In Ms. O'Mary's classroom, every lesson is a celebration.
The 3rd grade teacher says school doesn't have to be a bore. She mixes her lesson plans with songs and fun activities so every student can learn and reach their full potential...
Ms. O'Mary says, "All eagles are supposed to soar, and it doesn't matter their size, it doesn't matter how high, how fast they all have the ability to soar and be successful."
That eye for each student is just what parents need.
Rachel Cabrera reads from her Golden Apple nomination letter, "She truly wants to see every student succeed."
Cabrera's daughter Lulu is thriving in Ms. O'Mary's class. She says the kids have a great time & Ms. O'Mary makes sure each one keeps up, "You can tell she cares a lot about their learning."
Lulu loves Ms. O'Mary class and says even when it's fun, Ms. O'Mary doesn't forget the details.
Lulu reads from her portion of the nomination letter, "She makes the whole class laugh all the time, but she can still be serious."
She says of her teacher, "She likes to teach us to do our best."
The other students agree.
Jeron Greenwalt is also in Ms. O'Mary's class, "She raises the bar on her expectations all the time and she expects us to do it."
For Ms. O'Mary it's all about her kids.
She's been part of Lookout Valley Elementary for more than a decade, but she's only been a certified teacher for the last 5 years.
She has a passion for children and says she wants to teach them lessons they'll always keep, "It's not about 3rd grade, it's not about the multiplication facts or division facts, it's about life."