GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - This week's Golden Apple winner strives to give her students a solid foundation to their academic careers.
"My mother was a teacher," explained Lynn Stockton. "The whole lifelong learning thing was taught to me at an early age and so I kinda feel like I was born with the genes to do it."
Stockton teaches first grade at Wewahitchka Elementary.
"In my opinion, first grade is the most important grade in elementary school," Stockton said. "I'm sure that every elementary school teacher will tell you that their grade is the most important, but I just feel like if they don't get that solid reading foundation it makes it more difficult as they go along."
Capturing the attention and the hearts of first graders is no easy task, however, Stockton seems to have achieved both.
"She's nice and she cares about others," said one student, Harleigh.
"She's really nice, and she helps us with our work," said another student, Landon.
Stockton will only have her students for a short while, but she hopes her influence will last a lifetime.
"I hope that they take away some self-confidence and that they take away the fact that they know that they are capable of doing whatever they want to do," she said.
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