Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple Award-winning teacher is Nicole Sellers. She teaches Latin and English at Arnold High School on Panama City Beach. Mrs. Sellers has been teaching Latin for 11 years, but this is her first year at Arnold. It didn't take long for students to realize she is something special.
You've heard the phrase "Latin is a dead language," but students like Amber Blackburn say Mrs. Sellers makes it come alive. "She is pretty much the best teacher I've ever had," said Blackburn, a senior.
"Teaching Latin is always a tricky thing but when I can see them really make those connections between ancient and modern it's wonderful. Just the intrigue of the ancient Roman empire, the history, really gets the kids hooked," said Sellers.
While the language may not be spoken today, Sellers says knowledge of it is invaluable. "60% of modern English comes from Latin. We do alot of work in the classroom on roots of English words and increasing vocabulary and SAT skills."
Students say they love learning about her adventures in Rome and Greece, her travels inspire them. "She really wants us to learn and succeed in what we do. She tells us about her experiences and encourages us to go out and see the world!" "I just love bringing things back to the kids and showing them how the cultures live today and what the similarities are between the ancient and the modern," said Sellers.
Principal Keith Bland says he isn't surprised Mrs. Sellers is receiving this recognition in her first year. "You can see greatness within her when you talk to her, see her in the hallways, working with her in the past, you can see what a great and wonderful teacher she is."
Congratulations to Nicole Sellers, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher. "I love being an Arnold Marlin and I love all my students at J.R. Arnold High."