Golden Apple award winner has been teaching longer than most of her colleagues have been alive

By: Meredith TerHaar Email
By: Meredith TerHaar Email

Bristol - This week's Golden Apple award winner has been teaching for decades. Betty Wilson is a second grade teacher at WR Tolar K-8 school in Bristol. During her career, Mrs. Wilson has taught every grade from kindergarten through middle school. This year is her last in the classroom. "I don't want to tell you how many... but 40 plus years," said Mrs. Betty Wilson. She has been inspiring students to learn, grow, and succeed for more than 4 decades. "I just can't think of anything I would rather be doing."

This June, she'll leave classroom life behind to retire; for a second time. She retired from teaching in California in the late 90's but returned to the classroom when she and her husband moved to Bristol. Her students are glad she did. "She inspires kids to do things. She is the sweetest lady I have ever met," said one student. "She is a really great teacher, I love her," said another.

"Mrs. Wilson is a very special teacher, it's just miraculous what she can do with children, she really brings out the best in the students in her classroom," said Kathy Nobles, the principal of WR Tolar School. Colleagues say her years of wisdom benefit other teachers as well. "We have a lot of new teachers and so she offers the experience and advice for other teachers," said Nobles.

With this, her final year in the classroom, being nominated and chosen for the Golden Apple Award comes at a fitting time. "This is the joy of my life, I am just so happy, just overwhelmed." Congratulations to Mrs. Wilson, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher. "She is like the best teacher in the whole world," said one of her students. "I hope God continues to bless her."

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