Golden Apple: Kali O’Neal

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – When Kali O’Neal was in school, she realized that teaching was her passion.

She is a special needs teacher at East Ridge Elementary.

O’Neal actually comes from a family of educators.

Both of her parents are school Principals.

Her dedication has earned her this week’s Golden Apple Award.

Principal Juan Moreno says Ms. O’Neal is a one of a kind teacher.

“She goes way above and beyond to make sure that her kids just get a regular experience. She is one of our special ed teachers and she is very meticulous and making sure that her kids are getting what they need to to make sure they’re successful in an everyday situation.”

O’Neal says she loves her job, and wants to help her students.

“I know sometimes when they come in they might have one word, they might have no words to communicate. So we really try and work on developing that, that way when they go out they can say I want this or I need help with this. They are capable of doing anything and following their own dreams.”

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