Tunnel Hill kindergarten teacher Suzanna Stanley helps students love to learn

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Updated: 8/13/2012 4:44 pm
Kindergarten can be rough for some families... It's the start of a whole new chapter watching your child grow.

But a family in Whitfield County says thanks to one special teacher it feels like their child never left the nest.

Suzanna Stanley is this week's Golden Apple Award winner.

Suzanna Stanley calls to a group of kindergarteners, "OK, here's what I need you to do boys and girls..."

It's a lesson on trading fairly and counting.

Stanley asks, "How many pennies do you have to have before you can trade for a nickel?"

The room has a happy energy... And everyone is excited to learn.

The Tunnel Hill Elementary teacher says the challenge is half the fun, "When they come into kindergarten they don't know how to line up in a line, they don't know how to sharpen a pencil and they learn all of those routines."

But it's the love she weaves into those lessons that has one Whitfield County family singing her praise.

Tunnel Hill Grandparent Debbie White reads from her Golden Apple nomination letter, "When you enter this classroom you can feel the comfortable atmosphere and the "motherly love" she gives each and every one of these students."

Debbie and her daughter Missy say because of Ms. Stanley little Will quickly adapted to school and learned to read. They come from a very close family and say the teacher feels like one of their own.

Missy Roper says, "He was nervous, scared, you know we all were... Then he just blossomed. He just because a good student, loved school, loved coming to school all because of Ms. Stanley."

The 1st grader says her class was fun, "My brain start growing..."

Ms. Stanley says watching her babies grow is its own reward, "When you see them, especially this time of year when they're starting to learn and to read and they can write stories... It's wonderful."

She says it's all about the relationships you build with the children and their families...

Ms. Stanley's been in the classroom 20 years and says these smiling faces keep her young, "They're just fun to be around and they're so innocent and they just brighten up my day."
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