A passion for teaching.
After 40 years, she's retiring at the end of this school year.
But, not before winning the February Jan Dils Golden Apple Award.
Sandy Martin teaches 1st grade at Gihon Elementary.
She says she was so shocked and surprised to receive the honor.
The most important part of teaching she says is helping students build positive self esteem, making them feel important, and that everyone has a place.
She adds ,"I just love seeing the children, just the growth, the growth and reading and math, skills and i want to set that foundation for a good future for them."