Good teachers keep their students motivated... But truly great teachers get the parents involved.
At Westview Elementary School one special teacher says she owes her students' success to her wonderful classroom parents.
Jayne Dyar is this weeks Golden Apple Award winner.
Teacher Jayne Dyar says to a table full of 2nd graders, "We're going to infer what the author means."
It's a lesson on using all the clues you can find because in Ms. Dyar's class learning is about putting the elements together.
Ms. Dyar says teaching is her passion.
She has a thirst for knowledge and she wants her kids to catch it too, "I want them to love school, love learning and have that passion to learn more and be eager to want to know more."
But not just the kids love to learn in Ms. Dyar's class.
Linda Woodliff reads from her Golden Apple nomination letter, "Ms. Dyar not only motivates and inspires her students... Parents are inspired and motivated as well."
Linda's daughter Katie is blooming in Ms. Dyar's class.
Linda is one of 16 parents who nominated the teacher for the Golden Apple Award.
She says Ms. Dyar welcomes parents into the classroom & calls to report the good... Not just the bad, "I personally feel that I am a better parent to Katie because of the time that she takes to encourage me and my child."
Ms. Dyar says she couldn't do it without the parents in her class.
Parents volunteer in class each week... those who can't help out in other ways.
Ms. Dyar says that gives her the time to specialize each lesson to the individual student and sets an example for her kids that can only help them as they grow, "We learn to work as a team. We learn to work as a learning community. We learn to work as a family. As we learn to work together as the learning community as a family, we can accomplish anything that's placed in front of us."