Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a teacher at Bay Haven Charter Academy in Lynn Haven. Judy McCants teaches language arts to 6th and 7th graders. She cares so much about their success that if a student is struggling in another subject she gladly steps in.
In Mrs. McCant's language arts classroom, the warmth isn't from the sun... it emanates from her. "She has a warmth about her, she nurtures her kids, she takes time every single day to make sure a child is learning what they need to learn," said Assistant Principal Anne Manfredi.
Writing, public speaking, literature, are all things she focuses on with her 6th and 7th grade students. It's an age group she says she has always been drawn to. "I love this age because I can help them see the things that they will need in the future to be successful," said Mrs. McCants.
Not one, but two students nominated her for the Golden Apple. One of them is Caroline Dykes who said "She is a really good teacher." "She is very kind and very trustworthy," said Maddy Ilfred, who also nominated Mrs. McCants. "We write in our journals every single day and she reads them and she comments on things that we write about, so she gets to know us as a person," said Maddy.
"If she sees that your grades are low in other subjects she will try to help you in other subjects. She is like more than just a reading teacher, she is like a really good friend," said Justin Massalene. "If we are struggling in an area, we will use that textbook to read. We will study for other tests and quizzes, and it really works out well because they are seeing reading is in other parts of life, not just reading class," said Mrs. McCants.
Congratulations to Mrs. McCants, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher.