Port St. Joe - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a 5th grade teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary School. Mrs. Brenda Wood has been teaching for 22 years, but for her and her students, each day is a brand new adventure. "I love coming to this school everyday and seeing my children," said Mrs. Wood.
Whether it's the white board or the smart board, Mrs. Wood uses lots of hands on, engaging activities to help her students learn. "Usually I don't like math, but with Mrs. Wood makes it fun," said student Kate Mclemore. "They like to use the technology because it's animated and it gets them involved," said Mrs. Wood.
Parents and colleagues say she has an incredible capacity for caring. "She is so loving of her students. She goes out of her way and goes that extra mile to nurture them, to connect with the families," said Sara Joe Wooten, the assistant superintendent. "I just think she's the best teacher in the world, she is just cool, she is awesome," said Brooks Kennington, it was his mom who nominated Mrs. Woods for the Golden Apple. "She never overworks us, she is not too hard on us and she knows exactly how to handle us," said Sydnee O'Donnell. "She does everything she can to make class better, said student DeAmber Rolack. "I try to teach each child like they are my own," said Mrs. Wood.
In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, Mrs. Wood's class gets to spend some time in the great outdoors, caring for a garden in conjunction with the local 4-H clubs, the University of Florida and others. "It teaches children to be self sufficient and grow things, it also helps them with work ethic," said Mrs. Wood.