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GOLDEN APPLE: Robert Browder of Soddy Daisy Middle
Robert Browder's classroom has been called a special case of effective teaching and entertaining education. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Martha Wahlman of Woodmore Elementary
Martha Wahlman knows if you don't care about the students you teach, they won't care about school. Video Video
Diane Hitchcock from Snow Hill Elementary Named 2014 Golden Apple Teacher of the Year
WDEF News 12 and Bi-Lo took time to honor some of our area's best teachers at our Golden Apple Banquet. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Wes Wood from Thrasher Elementary
Wes Wood's enthusiasm for teaching has been described as contagious. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Diane Hitchcock from Snow Hill Elementary
Diane Hitchcock wants her students to raise the bar, then and pass it. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Sallie Lesperance from Gilbert Elementary
Sallie Lesperance has a passion for teaching children with special needs. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Kay McDowell from Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High
Kay McDowell never takes the easy way out with her special ed class. When they wanted to go on a field trip, instead of saying no because of funding concerns, she helped them make crafts to raise money, and learn a vocation. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: John Daum from Central High School
John Daum goes above and beyond for his students. The Central High School teacher cares so much, when one of his students came down with cancer, he shaved his head to show his support. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Karen Strain from Marion County High School
Karen Strain finds ways to make Science captivating. That's so her students learn while having fun. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Alissa Taylor from Valley Point Elementary
Alissa Taylor helps students in many ways, but the Valley Point Elementary school teacher strives to help children develop a love a reading. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Michelle Akers from McConnell Elementary
The atmosphere inside Michelle Akers' classroom resembles a campground at Chester Frost Park. Akers uses creative experiences, like reading tents, to keep her students engaged. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Randi Streufert from Belvoir Christian Academy
Randi Streufert teaches two classes at one time. Having a combined class of fourth and fifth graders takes patience and organization, but Streufert still provides a fun, challenging and loving environment for her students Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Dexter Bell from The Howard School
Dexter Bell opens his students up to endless possibilities. The band director at Howard High takes students with little to no musical background and teaches them how to turn silence into song. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Jack Rich from Red Bank Middle
Students at Red Bank Middle give Jack Rich high marks for his ability to make lessons easy to understand. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Amanda Lafferty from Normal Park Museum Magnet School
Amanda Lafferty believes in creating a path for every student in her classroom to be successful. The Normal Park teacher enlists the help of parents to keep each student progressing. Video Video
Melissa Rettig Uses Conservation to Encourage Students to Learn More About Their World
Whether its before or after school, or even on a weekend, Melissa Rettig stands ready to help students expand their understanding of the world. Her interest in conservation prompted students to plan a campus clean up for earth day. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Eric Blackburn from Cleveland High School
Cleveland High students say Eric Blackburn makes them work hard, but he still finds ways to make assignments fun. While Biology and Chemistry can be tough topics, Blackburn uses humor to lighten the load. Video Video
GOLDEN APPLE: Carmen Veller from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS)
Tough, but forgiving. That's how CSAS students describe Carmen Veller. Video Video
Eugene Jackson Mentors Students to Reach Their Goals
Eugene Jackson leads by example. Lessons on values and citizenship don't end in the classroom. He often takes his Dalton High school student out into the real world for community service Video Video
Jennifer Davis Uses Transitions to Keep Her Class Moving
Jennifer Davis thought she'd grow up to become a CPA or Marine Biologist. But during her senior year in high school, her principal made her volunteer at an elementary school. That put her on a path that landed her at Oak Grove Elementary 12-years ago. Video Video
Tracy Sodergren Uses Current Events to Connect Students to History
How do you get students to connect to history? Tracy Sodergren relates it to something they know, like a story in the news dealing with the recession. But, this Hunter Middle School teacher also wants her students to learn how to interact with others. Video Video
Math Teacher Mark Miles Knows the Right Formula to Connect with Students.
When it comes to math, a Cleveland Middle School teacher knows the right formula to connect with students. Mark Miles turns lessons on things like geometric shapes into blueprints for skateboard ramps and baseball fields. Video Video
Stephen Stacy Builds on What Students Know at Beaverdale Elementary
Stephen Stacy really enjoys being a teacher. While working at a recreational day camp, he discovered the spark students get when they learn something new. Now, the Beaverdale Elementary school teacher uses what they know to ignite learning. Video Video
Elizabeth Kimball Uses Art to Get Students to Open Up Creatively & Personally
Elizabeth Kimball didn't find her artistic talents until she took an art class in high school. That discovery resulted in a college scholarship, and now a career teaching art to others at Sequoyah High School. Video Video
Jesse Hillis Wants to Make Science Stick for Signal Mountain Students
Jesse Hillis' father was an educator and mother worked in a school. But he fought becoming a teacher for several years. Hillis figured out it was part of his genetic make-up while working with at-risk youth. Now he's in the classroom where he belongs. Video Video
Leigh Davis Teaches To Multiple Learning Styles
Students in Leigh Davis' 4th grade class will be with her again next year. Davis and her students at Stone Creek Elementary will all move to 5th grade together. Knowing the impact she'll have, Davis strives to find ways to help each student thrive. Video Video
Mark Pierce Asks His Ringgold High Students to "Wow" Him
Mark Pierce wants his English classroom to reflect his welcoming personality. So, he covered up the gray concrete walls with decorations, that give the room a warm coffee shop feel. The relaxed setting helps students open up. Video Video
Kathy Sweatman Uses Compliments to Reach Her 7th Grade Math Students
Kathy Sweatman looks for the positive in her students. While working on equations, function tables, and graphs she compliments those who work hard or find shortcuts to math problems. Video Video
Amy McConkey Uses Positive Reinforcement to Teach Students To Be Their Best
Amy McConkey always knew she wanted to be a teacher. While in elementary school, she "played" teacher in her free time. The influence some of her teacher had on her at a young age help guide her today at Calhoun Elementary. Video Video
Holly Bryan Teaches Students They Can at Pelham Elementary
Holly Bryan likens her class to the book "The Little Engine That Could." While she hasn't banned the word "can't" from her classroom, she rarely ever allows its use. Video Video
Donna Kuberg's Energy Rubs Off in Science Class & the Volleyball Court
Her students say she's a jack of all trades and master of them all. As a child, Donna Kuberg fell in love with solving problems through science and math. Her energy rubs off in the classroom and on the volleyball court. Video Video
Joel Brown Lets Students Decide How They Want To Learn
He considers himself part teacher, part parent, part mentor and part social worker. But Joel Brown doesn't mind. He got into teaching to do something that matters. Video Video
Romana Gentry Makes Science Fun Through Experiments & Special Projects
Ramona Gentry brings science to life in her classroom. The Loftis Middle School teacher creates a fun learning environment full of experiments and projects. Video Video
Ken Buchanan Teaches Life Lessons Through Sports & His Example
You might say he's a life coach. Ken Buchanan started teaching at Ooltewah High School over two-decades ago. But the lessons he focuses on remain relevant today. Video Video
Robyn Hope Makes Shakespeare and Other Literary Classics Hip
Robyn Hope trades tutoring and extra credit with students for tips on technology. Keeping up with the latest trends helps the Heritage High teacher make Shakespeare and other literary classics hip. Video Video
Shannon Carter Brings the Real World Into Her Classroom
Shannon Carter comes up with some of her best ideas late at night. The Stone Creek Elementary school teacher puts her students in learning clubs and challenges those groups to learn life lessons not found in textbooks. Video Video
Beth Reed Expects the Best in Her Class & Nothing Less Than the Best
Beth Reed believes in being tough on her 3rd grade class at Calvin Donaldson Elementary. Her high expectations cause her students to give their best. It's a method she learned worked, while she was a student. Video Video
Stephanie Davis' Class Learning Through Fun, While Striving to be Perfectly Purple
Stephanie Davis finds teaching moments in everything, even mundane activities. When students walk to their seats, they move to syllables. The Calhoun Elementary first grade teacher commands her classroom. Video Video
Veronica McCuiston Steers Her Class to the Land of Learning
Over the next eight-months, we'll profile some 30 teachers nominated by students, parents, and colleagues as tops in the Tennessee Valley. This week, meet Veronica McCuiston from North Hamilton County Elementary, this school year's first Golden Apple Award winner. Video Video
Tom Tolliver Uses Food & Fun To Engage His Students
At the end of the school day, Tom Tolliver takes pride in his work when he knows he's students are learning. The Tunnel Hill Elementary school teacher still gets excited seeing students master math problems, reading assignments, and other subjects. Video Video
Laura Aldridge Hams It Up in the Classroom
She took the long road to become a teacher. But today, Laura Aldridge serves as an example of how perseverance pays off. The Chattanooga Valley Elementary school teacher didn't start in the classroom... and now believes that was the plan all along. Video Video
Suzanne Robertson Helps Student Develop a Love of Reading
Children often lose interest in books when they're forced to read about subjects they have little interest in. But Boynton Elementary school teacher Suzanne Robertson is creating a new generation of bookworm, by letting her students read whatever they want. Video Video
Leslie Guthrie Teaches in Small Groups, Challenging Students to Explain Why 2+2=4.
Leslie Guthrie believes in consistency and high expectations. At the beginning of each school year, she coach's her class on how to work independently. Those lessons free her up to teach in small groups. Video Video
Azelia Sims Puts Her Thumbprint on Many Futures at Hillcrest Elementary
Retired Sergeant First Class Azelia Sims reports for duty at Hillcrest Elementary with a smile on each day. How she carries out her marching orders determines the mission future teachers must tackle. Video Video
Kathryn Roman's Students Use Music To Express Their Creativity
As Valley View Elementary's music teacher, Kathryn Roman puts on 42 shows each week. Her infectious attitude fills every class with energy and creativity... and leaves students feeling good about themselves. Video Video
Lisa Badacour Takes Her Team of Students to the Field of Learning
20 years into her teaching career and Lisa Badacour's energy level and creativity continues to spark a desire to learn among her students. Video Video
Debbie Kuttig Puts Her Students In the Story
Students say Debbie Kuttig gets their creative minds moving. She challenges students to learn new words through fill-in-the-blank sentences, and helps them insert themselves in the stories they read about. Video Video
LFO High School Jazz Ensemble performs at Golden Apple Banquet
The Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School Jazz Ensemble performs "All She Does is Magic" at the 2012 Golden Apple Awards Banquet. Video Video
Golden Apple Award Teacher of the Year
WDEF News 12 recognizes the 2012 Golden Apple Award Winners. Video Video
McMinn Central's Kim Cantley Tailors Lessons Toward Each Students Talents
From the time she gets to school, students are waiting on Kim Cantley. This mom away from home helps teens with their day to day problems, while creating ways to overcome the limitations of traditional classroom learning. Video Video
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