Panama City - It's time to meet this week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher. Mrs. Amy Griffith is a 5th grade teacher at Deane Bozeman school.
Mrs. Griffith keeps a healthy supply of apples in her classroom, this week she got an apple of a different kind. "I am so excited this is the first award I've won as a teacher," said Griffith. Her students say it's about time. They love being in her class so much, they actually make up new words to describe her. "She is absolutomundo," said 5th grader Ian Wooten.
Principal Bill Payne agrees. "She is so dynamic. She engages them everyday to help them enjoy the love of learning and I think that is one of the key ingredients for any educator." "My motto is a student doesn't care how much you know until they know how much you care," said Griffith.
Her students do know, that's why Savanah Parker nominated her. "She is a really fun teacher and I just wanted to show her how much I appreciate her." "She has always been the greatest teacher she could be and she makes learning really fun," said 5th grader Ashlyn Aleywine.
In addition to reading, math, and social studies, Mrs. Griffith says 5th grade is an important year for other reasons as well. "It's my last chance to instill some values in them before they go to middle school. Middle school is so tough and I want to make sure they are prepared and ready." She says she can't imagine doing anything besides teaching. "It's something I've always wanted to do. I have a connection with students, it's not just a job for me."
Her influence extends well beyond the walls of her classroom. "She is a peer mentor teacher to other teachers. She serves as our varsity cheer leading coach. She is engaged in the school improvement process," said Principal Payne.
Congratulations to Mrs. Griffith, this week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher. "If you come to Bozeman getting Mrs.Griffith is like a gift," said Ashlyn.