Golden Apple Award Winner: James Hoffman 10/02/13

- It's that time of the year where we begin surprising local teachers with the honor of being named a Jet 24, Edinboro University, Golden Apple Award winner. These are teachers making a difference in the lives of their students.
Tonight, Lou Baxter begins our season at the Charter School of Excellence Skills Center in Erie.

Mr. James Hoffman teaches language arts and college prep courses at the Charter School of Excellence Skills Center.
He prepares his students for success beyond high school, in college and in life.
His students see him as a role model.

James Hoffman, Golden Apple Award winner, says: "That makes me feel great. It's wonderful."

Mr Hoffman was nominated by Mitchell Cooper, a former student who is now at Edinboro University.

In his nomination letter Cooper writes, "Mr. Hoffman has the capabilities to teach at a university as prestigious as Harvard but chooses to work at a small charter school in Erie."

This week's honoree feels a college professor doesn't have as many opportunities to change a teenagers life as a high school teacher.

Mr. Hoffman says, "Its' tough to put into words ... to me personally."

His teaching and mentoring skills are not only recognized his students, but his fellow teachers and administrators as well.

Renee Gordan, school principal, says: "He is so dedicated ... is pretty incredible."

Mr Hoffman is quick to point out that his success is a collaboration between students, parents and teachers.

Congratulations to James Hoffman, this school year's very first Jet 24, Edinboro University, Golden Apple Award winner.

If you'd like to nominate a teacher for a Golden Apple Award, go to the contest page at

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