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GOLDEN APPLE: Laura Pecor from Soddy Elementary
Laura Pecor didn't want to be like the teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. So, a few years ago, she learned a new teaching method that balances short attention spans and state standards. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Susan Morrison from East Hamilton Middle/High School
We kick off the new year of Golden Apple Awards in East Hamilton. Susan Morrison is a teacher at East Hamilton Middle High School. Chief Photographer David Moore shows us why her unique style of educating earned her this week's Golden Apple Award. Video Video
Shelby Pompora Wants Her Spring City Students To Feel Positive About School
Shelby Pompora wants all of her students at Spring City Elementary to have positive feelings about school. She rewards positive behavior in the classroom and goes the extra mile to make sure kids understand learning is fun. Video Video
Lorie Nida Gets Students To Use Their Whole Brain in Her Classroom
The parent of a student in Lorie Nida's class says her child's behavior problems melted away shortly after the school year began. From time to time, Nida's interactive classroom features bare feet, furry friends, and peer teaching. Video Video
Diane Stichler Teaches Life Skills, Growing Teachers & Future Parents
The crop of home grown teachers keeps growing in Catoosa County, thanks to a special instructor at LFO high school. Many students make decisions about their future careers based on experiences in Diane Stichler's class. Video Video
Students Respond to the Safe Zone Found In Jennifer Mitts Class
There are no sad faces allowed in Jennifer Mitts class. The Red Bank High School teacher respects her students, and they show her respect in return. Video Video
Michael Sheets Found a Love for Teaching While Parenting
If Michael Sheets had never become a dad, he might not be teaching today at Snow Hill Elementary. This father of two found a love for teaching only a few years ago. His style leads to learning, sometime without students knowing it. Video Video
Christa Penson Makes Skits Out of Math & Science Lessons
When Christa Penson was 9, she taught her 4 year old brother to read. That started her down a path of helping other students, as she worked her way through school. Now, she's the head of her own classroom at North Whitfield Middle School. Video Video
Nominate Your Teacher for a Golden Apple Award
The start of the school year for area students also means many will soon learn they've ended up in a class with a special teacher. WDEF News 12 and Bi-Lo want to help recognize those educators who make a lasting impact. Video Video
Joe Bryan Teaches Skills Needed to Find Work in the Wired World
Coming from the business world, Joe Bryan knows what employers want from potential hires. That's why his classroom assignments are geared toward grooming students for jobs. Video Video
Amy Bradford Makes Her Lessons Hands On, Encourages Constant Learning
Amy Bradford has a passion for kids that might need a little extra attention. Maybe that's why so many former students return to check on the Battlefield Primary teacher. And just recently, her peers voted her Battlefield's Teacher of the Year. Now, she's a Golden Apple Winner. Video Video
Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lewis Motivates Young People to be Better Citizens
Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lewis nearly retired at the end of last school year. He left a successful JROTC program at Sale Creek High, only to be called back into service at Sequoyah High. His commitment to motivating young people to be better citizens makes him this weeks Golden Apple Award Winner. Video Video
Daphne Shilling Sneaks Teachable Moments Into Her Classroom Activities
Daphne Shilling believes in being animated in the classroom. Students at Alpine Crest Elementary love her silly side and they respond by learning faster. Video Video
Hans Rose Challenges Students to Make Music Out of Notes
A mistake is a chance to try harder. That's one of the slogan's blanketing the walls of Hans Rose's classroom. The Hixson Middle School band teacher wants his students to know success comes from failure.
Belvoir Christian Academy's Rebecca Nelson keeps 3rd graders learning & focused
It's hard to learn when you're having too much fun... But at Belvoir Christian Academy one teacher keeps the balance with just the right amount of discipline. Video Video
Nolan Elementary CDC Teachers Jeanne Manley & Amber Napier help children find their gifts
Ms. Manley & Ms. Napier are the first WDEF News 12 Golden Apple winners recognized as a team. Together with their teaching assistants they help more than a dozen CDC students learn & grow. Video Video
Hickory Valley Christian's Meg Scott helps kids love the classics
Children often say the lessons they learn in school, especially the literature they read, is old and out of touch. But at Hickory Valley Christian School one teacher is using the classics... To teach life lessons. Video Video
Red Bank Elementary's Becca McKnight helps each student understand & have fun
Some teachers won't give up until every student understands. Red Bank Elementary has just such a teacher and her students love her for it... Video Video
Iris Harris, Golden Apple Award Winner, Takes Students Under Her Wing
Students respond to Iris Harris' unique teaching techniques by hanging on her every word. She's loving and encouraging, but still able to discipline her students, when they get off course. Video Video
Beth Chappelear Takes History Into the Digital Age
Heritage Middle School teacher Beth Chappelear found a way to take history out of the past and bring it into the digital age. Her students responded with an awakened interest in social studies. Video Video
Bradley Central High School Show Choir Performs at BI-LO/WDEF News 12 Golden Apple Awards Banquet
Bradley Central High School show choir dazzled banquet attendees at the 2010 BI-LO/WDEF News 12 Golden Apple Award ceremony.
WDEF News 12 & Bi-Lo recognize 2009-2010 Golden Apple Teacher of the Year
This year WDEF News 12 & Bi-Lo have had the pleasure of going out in our local schools and recognizing the best educators out there. Video Video
Golden Apple: Teresa Shrum Keeps Her Class Energized
Many teachers like their students to remain quiet and raise their hands before answering. But at Swiss Memorial Elementary in Gruetli-Laager, you can hear students in Teresa Shrum's class all the way down the hall. And that's a good thing. Video Video
Diana Fleshman's kindergarteners sing & move their way to learning
Kindergarten can be a pretty tough year... But one North Hamilton County Elementary teacher has as much fun as the students & it seems to work out pretty well. Video Video
Phyllis Finney, Golden Apple Award Winner, Brings Music to the Classroom
Studies show music reinforces academics, making better students. And thanks to Rivermont Elementary School's Music Teacher, students are learning how to make A's and B's, and play them. Video Video
Golden Apple Award winner Caroline Kirkpatrick loves to inspire students
With all of the tests and complications of growing up, Caroline Kirkpatrick believes parents want a teacher who will love and inspire their child. She gave up a job in the oil industry to follow her passion... one that's making a difference in the lives of the next generation. Video Video
Golden Apple Jill Sewell
Her co-workers call her an inspiration. Jill Sewell overcame a life-threatening disease, with a smile on her face... And a love for teaching unphased. Video Video
Michelle Stiles of Daisy Elementary makes her class feel like family
Getting to know each of your students and how they learn, can often be a challenge... But one lucky teacher at Daisy Elementary has a formed a relationship with each student and says that makes her classroom a family. Video Video
Golden Apple Award - Kelly Page
Colleagues say she greets her class with a smile on her face... And a friendly demeanor every morning. Kelly Page finds ways to make class time fun and exciting, while keeping the connection to learning in mind. Video Video
Elaine Hutcheson is this week's Golden Apple Award winner.
The Ooltewah Middle School science teacher's hands-on approach allows her students to get up close and personal with the sometimes difficult subject. Video Video
Walker County's Beth O'Neil wins Golden Apple Award
For administrators it's sometimes hard to recognize achievement until they see test scores and improving grades... But at Stone Creek Elementary it's a group of students who say their 2nd year teacher is doing something right. Video Video
East Brainerd Elementary's Jody Conn uses life experience in the classroom
Good teachers don't just help us learn, they help us understand the world around us. Students at one Hamilton County School say one educator teaches lessons for life. Video Video
Hamilton County's Kathy Taylor keeps learning fun
Learning is always easier when the lesson is fun and exciting. At Nolan Elementary there's a teacher who makes sure her kids don't get bored. Video Video
Athens Jr. High Principal Mike Simmons wins Golden Apple Award
Thanks to the Golden Apple award WDEF News 12 has recognized dozens of Tennessee Valley teachers for the outstanding work they do in the classroom...But we haven't yet recognized a principal. Now we honor a McMinn County principal who treats every kid like one of his own. Video Video
Patti Malone inspires kids to love the library
At Normal Park Museum Magnet School the library is one of the favorite classrooms. The kids say that's because of a very special librarian. Video Video
Boyd Buchanan's Jennifer Greer helps spread the sunshine
Kids deal with a lot these days... But thanks to a special counselor kids at Boyd Buchanan Elementary are learning to cope. Video Video
John Echols helps kids adjust to Middle School environment
The transition between grammar school and middle school is never easy. But for one group of Center for Creative Arts students, the adjustment isn't quite so bumpy... And they say it's thanks to teacher John Echols. Video Video
Heritage Middle School's Phil Jones makes 8th grade math understandable
Certain subjects are just harder to understand... But at Heritage Middle School math teacher Phil Jones makes it click for his students. Video Video
Karen Elliott of Soddy Elementary wins Golden Apple Award
Reaching every student in your classroom isn't always easy...But one Hamilton County teacher wouldn't let anyone slip through the cracks. Video Video
Hamilton County art teacher Betsy McClain wins Golden Apple Award
At Signal Mountain Middle High Betsy McClain is helping her kids find hidden talent. Video Video
Red Bank Middle's Richard Pokorny teaches kids to find the answers
Sometimes knowing how to find the answer is more important than the answer itself... At Red Bank Middle School there's a sixth grade science teacher who's empowering his kids, to figure it out. Video Video
Fellow teacher recognizes Hamilton County's Lisa Hill with Golden Apple Award
Reaching every kid in your classroom isn't always easy...But at Lookout Valley Elementary School one special teacher is doing just that. Video Video
Wolftever Creek's Virginia Dillinger wins Golden Apple Award
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. Video Video
Dade Elementary's Susan Rose is Golden Apple worthy
Being a teacher is about more than reading, writing & arithmetic... It's about caring for the whole child. That's the philosophy in Susan Rose's 3rd grade. Video Video
Ooltewah Elementary librarian Sue Smith makes books & reading cool
Some people think of the library as just a place to find encyclopedias or do research. But the kids at Ooltewah Elementary say thanks to their librarian, the library is cool. Video Video
Marilyn Highlander prepares her kids for the next level
Kids have a lot of learning to do before they leave grammar school and at Snow Hill Elementary a special teacher is getting them ready. Video Video
Walker County School's Brandon Larson teaches kids to make their world better
Some teachers hand out the lesson and go about their day... Others inspire their students to change the world. At Rossville Middle School a group of 7th graders are learning to make a difference... Video Video
Central High School's Lee Ann McBryar won't settle for less than the best
When a teacher pushes a student to be better, that student will often achieve more than they thought they could. One Hamilton County English teacher won't settle for mediocre... Video Video
Freida Wagenblast gives her kids tools for success in life
Sometimes the lessons you learn in school stick with you for life. At Birchwood Elementary one literacy teacher is prepping her kids to be life long communicators and problem solvers. Video Video
Englewood Elementary's Jodi Mull keeps 1st graders focused & learning
At Englewood Elementary there's a very special 1st grade teacher who not only makes it fun, she makes sure everyone stays on track. Video Video
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