For the past few months I have had the honor of awarding the Jan Dils Golden Apple award to some fantastic teachers in the Mid-Ohio Valley. I can honestly say so far its been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my career.
Many times our teachers are under appreciated in our society. They work hard to mold the lives of their students in an often times thankless job. Quite a few teachers I know have told me that watching their students mature and grow is all the thanks they need, but hey, a little award thrown in can't hurt!
I think the reason why I feel so strongly about honoring our teachers is because when I was growing up my teachers had such a big influence on me. So often I found that even if I went into a class not interested in a subject, if the teacher was good I could become engrossed in the class. Why else would a girl so focused on English and reading possibly consider a science career momentarily in college? Clearly that didn't last!
The letters we receive from the parents, students, and community members that nominate our Golden Apple recipients are so touching that I know these teachers are having the same wonderful influence on their students that I had in school. Watching the look of surprise on their faces when we present them with the award in front of their peers and students is priceless! Knowing that I can leave them with the nomination letter that someone cared enough to write about them makes it that much better.
Of course, we couldn't present this award without the support of Jan Dils and Baker & Baker and we all thank them so much for making such a worthwhile cause possible.
Congratulations to all of the Golden Apple recipients I have met so far this school year, and I can't wait to meet you future recipients in the years to come!
And if you've read this and you would now like to nominate a teacher in your community for this award, just click on the Golden Apple tab right here on WTAP.com.