Ponce de Leon - This week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher has been teaching reading and literature at Ponce de Leon High School for almost 3 decades. She was inspired to teach by her high school English teacher many years ago. What makes this story even more special, Ms. Ingrid Gillman was nominated by her high school English teacher's daughter, who today, is a teacher herself.
Ms. Gillman's current students couldn't say enough about her. "She is such a wonderful woman, she has this way of making an impact on everyone around her. She is so personal with the students," said Madalyn McCombs. Seniors Madalyn McCombs and Mylan Hicks say Ms. Gillman is one of the most influential and enthusiastic teachers of their high school career. "It's like having a firecracker for a teacher really, she is just so energetic, it's much fun being in her class," said Hicks. "She more than anything has taught me that my writing can be inspired by literature. That to be able to be a good writer you have to be a good reader," said McCombs.
Ms. Gillman is passionate about literacy and literature, even winning recognition at the state level. "We certainly have kids that need a lot of improvement and sometimes they don't believe they can reach that next level. The thing about Ms. Gillman is that in her heart she believes that they can," said Principal Buddy Brown. "I just try to do my job from day to day and make an impact and be there for students who need me. I know it's something I'm supposed to be doing with my life," said Gillman.
She says her high school English teacher inspired her. "All I ever wanted to do was be like her, so I have tried to model my career after the way I thought she was as a teacher. If I am like her even the least little bit, then I have succeeded," said Gillman.
Congratulations to Ms. Gillman, this week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher.