Golden Apple Award: Claire Millsaps, Big Ridge Elementary

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – The pandemic forced teachers to adapt. Virtual learning is typically not ideal. Claire Millsaps took on that challenge in style, and her second graders at Big Ridge recently scored very well on their Benchmark Tests. Her virtual learning program earned Ms. Millsaps the Golden Apple Award.

Jeana Johnson is the Principal at Big Ridge.

She says, “Miss Millsaps is our second grade teacher, and this year she has been completely virtual.  (She) is well deserved of the Golden Apple Award because she has gone above and beyond this year teaching her students.”

Claire says, ” Hi I’m a… I’m a teacher. I love these kids. Big Ridge really is the best place to teach and learn, and I’ve taught at a lot of schools in Hamilton County. I have been here for about 15 years. So, it’s been a while. Our kids love learning, and they show up every day, not just physically but they really like bring it to class.

Joshitha Saravanakumar is a second grader at Big Ridge.

She says, “She wants to like express her feelings. What she is feeling outside of the in the Winter, but she said if I got cold it would kind of be a little boring.”

Claire concludes, ” I did not know how I would do teaching virtually. Obviously this is not something that we ever thought that we might do, but I really loved it. We did not get a lot of direction at the beginning of the year on how to teach virtually. You know it was one of those things that way, nobody really knew what it was going to look like. So getting that set up in August and September like getting off the ground was tricky, but once we get off the ground we haven’t stopped. It is my absolute mission that these kids have an excellent school year. That they have a positive experience that they like school that they do, you know, look forward to coming to class every day, and that this in someway lifts them at any time that can be really heavy and hard.”




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