Freeport Elementary School 3rd grade teacher Teresa Tripp wins Golden Apple Award

By: Meredith TerHaar Email
By: Meredith TerHaar Email

Freeport - This week's Golden Apple award winning teacher was nominated not by once, but twice. Both mothers have students in Mrs. Tripp's 3rd grade class at Freeport Elementary. And both felt so strongly that Mrs. Tripp should win that they launched campaigns on Facebook to get family and friends to vote for her. It worked.

Twila Shields and Jami Garrett couldn't be happier to see Teresa Tripp win this week's Golden Apple award... neither could she. Twila's daughter Lanna struggled in school until she met Mrs. Tripp. "She has made such a huge impact on my daughter's life which in return makes a big impact on our entire family. Lanna loves going to school now. She really enjoys it. She has learned a tremendous amount," said Twila. Twila said family members from as far away as Louisiana got online to vote for Mrs. Tripp.

Jami's son Gabriel is visually impaired. She says Mrs. Tripp makes sure he has everything he needs to learn just like other students. "She gets computer programs for him. She makes sure his text is blown up. He has a board on his desk that raises his desk for him so that he doesn't have to bend over his papers to get close."

"Every child has the ability to succeed, sometimes they just need a little more support. I have always had a passion for children and especially children that need a little extra help," said 3rd grade teacher Teresa Tripp. That passion shows. "She makes math and science and stuff really fun, she makes games out of vocabulary words and stuff like that," said Gabriel Garrett. "She gives me tools to do homework," said 3rd grader Lanna Shields.

Tripp started out as a paraprofessional. It took her 12 years to get through college, working during the day and attending class at night. After working so hard to become a teacher, she says each day is a reward in itself. "It's the first job that I truly, truly love to get up every morning and come to work." "She is a natural teacher, she looks forward to planning interesting lessons for the children. She is always implementing something new that she has learned," said Pam Jones, the principal at Freeport Elementary.

Congratulations to Mrs. Tripp. This week's Golden Apple Award winning teacher.

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  • by Debbie Location: Freeport on Oct 23, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    Mrs. Tripp is really deserving of this award and many more. I have volunteered in her class and it really shows how much she loves her students. It is so obvious that she loves teaching and really takes an interest in each one of her students. Hooray, Mrs. Tripp!!!
  • by Misty Rhea Location: Destin on Oct 22, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    Tripp-ers, I'm so proud of you!!!! You deserve this more than any teacher I've ever had or met!!! You are an amazing role model!! You put everything into your kids and it's so inspiring. Thank you!! misty :)
  • by Jean Garrett Location: Freeport on Oct 22, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    Dear Mrs. Tripp, I'm so happy you won the Golden Globe award. You deserve it!! I'm Gabriel Garrett's Grandmother and I'm so thankful to you for all the help you give him to learn with his visual problems. You make sure Gabriel, Lanna, and ALL your students have everything they need to learn. I appreciate you very much for your special dedication to your young students. Thank you Mrs. Tripp!!! I also want to thank Jami and Twila for nominating you for this award and for working hard to get the votes! Good work Ladies!!!
  • by Tyrell Location: Panama City on Oct 22, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    She's cute. She deserves this award.
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