Panama City Beach - The student who nominated this week's Golden Apple award winner says this teacher has inspired her to become an educator herself one day. Alison Moreira is a 5th grade teacher at Breakfast Point Academy on Panama City Beach.
In Ms. Moreira's class simple ingredients create a recipe that turns difficult scientific lessons into easy to comprehend concepts. She uses hands-on experiments to keep students engaged and excited to learn. "They want to touch and use their hands and get dirty and get messy. That is how they remember what they learned... when they touch everything and really get into the activity," she said.
She believes building a relationship with a student is key to helping them succeed academically. "I only accept the best from them and I put the expectation really, really high and they will do whatever it takes to meet those expectations," said Ms. Moreira.
"She looks at their needs and does whatever is needed to ensure that the kids are successful. That is both academically and behaviorally. Students who in the past have had behavior problems do not have them because she connects with those children," said Breakfast Point Principal Denise Kelley. "She helps us through anything we have to go through," said student Jordan Toddy.
"In 5th grade drama is top of the line and she just pushes it out of the way," said student Darcie Hooker, who nominated Ms. Moreira for the Golden Apple award. It's because of Ms. Moreira that Darcie hopes to become a teacher one day. "I love Ms. Moreira to death, she is my inspiration she is very encouraging and loving. She explains things so well. When I grow up I want to follow her in her footsteps," read Darcie's nomination. "It makes everything you do everyday worth it. That is the best reward, hearing what your students have to say," said Ms. Moreira.
And according to Darcie, if school were a game of baseball: "She is our home run." Congratulations to Ms. Moreira, this week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher.