Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher is Hope Raines, an ESE math teacher at Everitt Middle School. ESE stands for Exceptional Student Education.
When we asked Principal Shirley Baker what makes Mrs. Raines a special teacher she said "Dedication." In fact, Mrs. Raines has been teaching for 31 years.
"She cares very much and she doesn't stop, like even if you want to give up, she is always there even when it's rough. She is an amazing teacher." Eighth grader Crystal Darway says Mrs. Raines' patience makes all the difference. "Instead of getting frustrated with me she will just break it down brick by brick."
As an ESE math teacher, Mrs. Raines breaks down difficult concepts into understandable lessons. "She is a mathematician and she is willing to teach in any way a child needs in order them it to start clicking," said Everitt Middle School Principal Shirley Baker.
She wants to see every child succeed in an area she says is vital. "Math is somthing we use all the time, everyday and in every aspect of your life math is needed. I want kids to set achievable goals and I like to see them accomplish things and set milestones," said Mrs. Raines.
She was nominated for the Golden Apple by one of her colleagues. "I wanted the education field to see what a special teacher she is and how dedicated, over 30 years, that is dedication. Hope has all the right heart for teaching," said Janice McAllister, a teacher at CC Washington Academy.
"She has been teaching us hard all year, getting ready for the FCAT," said 8th grader Andrew Barnes.
"Mrs. Raines epitomizes what every parents would want for their children...a dedicated teacher who is willing to put in the hours," said Principal Baker.
"She is the greatest of all the teachers I have ever had," said Crystal Darway.