Panama City - If you haven't heard already, this is teacher appreciation week across the country. Every week NewsChannel 7 shows our appreciation for dedicated teachers across Northwest Florida who work hard day in and day out to educate the future generation. This week's Golden Apple award winner is Joy Sammons, she teaches middle school math at Bay Haven Charter Academy in Lynn Haven. Those who know her say her influence reaches outside the classroom as well.
Joy Sammons is in her 20th year of teaching math. During this teacher appreciation week she got quite a surprise. "Mrs. Sammons, you are the Golden Apple winner for this week from WJHG!" said Principal Larry Bollinger. "This is just such a great honor and I just appreciate it so much," said Joy Sammons. "Whether it be general math or algebra, she just has it, she knows it, she teaches the child no matter what their ability level," said Principal Bollinger. "Mrs. Sammons is always there for you whenever you need help, in algebra a lot of kids get confused, so do I. She is always reviewing," said Neal Patel, one of the students who nominated Mrs. Sammons. "Math is one of my favorite subjects because of the fun things we do in that class, we do a lot of fun activities," said Cassie Waddy, who also nominated Mrs. Sammons.
But you won't just see her in class. "You'll see her at every one of the games or after school events, the children know how much she supports them in and out of the classroom," said Bollinger. "I think that is what we are here for. I think that makes me more approachable as a teacher," said Mrs. Sammons.
Congratulations to Mrs. Sammons, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher.