Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winning teacher has been teaching for more than two decades. And her experience shows. Patterson Elementary School Principal Angela Hutchinson says 5th grade teacher Rosetta Williams has a work ethic others should emulate.
"I like to refer to her as an old school teacher, not that she is real old but she has that work ethic of a certain generation. She comes early, she stays late," said Angela Hutchinson. It's the students who benefit from Mrs. Williams' exemplary work ethic, and she expects the same from them. "She is intent on learning and therefore she is a little intense, making sure the kids follow through on what the are supposed to do," said Hutchinson.
"Each child has a different learning style and you have to prepare for each learning style. The only way to do that is spend a little extra time on someone to make sure you touch that child's learning style," said Mrs. Williams.
Her students say she is careful not to let anyone fall behind. "She is one of our great teachers she understands what we are doing and she understands our reading level and what we need help on," said student Semira Phillips. "I like school better because I understand more and I don't get confused alot. I'm starting to get more of the work that she is teaching and the other teachers are teaching," said student Tamyia Johnson.
Mrs. Williams says she wants to instill in students how important it is to make wise life choices beginning at an early age. "I hope that when they leave me they realize that they need to stay on the narrow path and so one day can turn around and say it was all worth it and now I have what I am looking for."
Not one for accolades, Mrs. Williams was surprised and honored to be chosen. "It's a humbling experience because I never thought of myself as a good teacher. I just know that I do what I need to do. I know how to touch the children's lives."
Congratulations to Mrs. Williams, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher. "She is a wonderful teacher and an asset to the school," said Principal Hutchinson.
"Thank you for being right on my side when I need your help," said student Dennis Gallagher.