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.