A charter school is where we find this week’s Golden Apple Award-Winning Teacher. As Lou Baxter reports, the Montessori School is where teachers build a lasting bond with their students.
Kimberly Williams has spent her entire 14-year teaching career in Erie’s Montessori Charter School, enjoying all of her students for three consecutive years, grades 1, 2, and 3. She says, “being with them for so long, you form this bond that is very special. Getting to know them is very nice.”
Miss Kimberly, as she’s called, says success in the classroom takes being flexible and a good listener. She tells us, “I was a very quiet student, so I think I’ve learned to listen to the kids that aren’t the loudest and get them out of their shell. And, you just have to be that shoulder for them to lean on when they need it”.
Student nominator Debella Durkin says her teacher understands her. She works hard and she’s very caring to the whole class. Why else does she deserve a Golden Apple? The students tell us because she teaches in a fun way, because she’s their favorite teacher, and she’s nice. They also say she makes things easier to understand.
Mary Jo Melvin, Ph.D., Edinboro University, says, “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself and be kind… She’s not only kind, but she’s loving, caring, creative, helpful… she is all the things we want in a teacher”.
Congrats, Miss Kimberly Williams, this weed’s JET24 Edinboro University Golden Apple Award Winner. If you’d like to nominate your favorite teacher, click here and fill out the nomination form at the bottom of the page.