Lynn Haven - This week's Golden Apple award winner is the last one for this school year. Betsy Nelson teaches first grade at Lynn Haven Elementary School. She was nominated by the mother of one of her students who says she made an incredible difference in the life of her son.
Last year at this time, Angel wasn't reading. Now his mother says, she can't get him to stop. "Now he is reading books, reading the tv, all sorts of signs, he loves to read books all the time," said Evelyn Perez-Brown, who nominated Mrs. Nelson for the Golden Apple.
Angel has spina bifida and was behind academically, until this year, thanks in large part to Mrs. Nelson. "She has been a wonderful teacher," said Evelyn. "It's built up his self confidence and that is what I think is very important for him." "She is really nice to us," said Angel. "She is a bundle of energy and the kids pick up on her energy and they enjoy coming to school. Her children are always happy and cooperative because they know she cares about them," said assistant principal Susan Faircloth. "You don't day-to-day think about the difference you make in lives because you are doing your job everyday," said Betsy Nelson.
First grade is foundational to a child's academic career. Mrs. Nelson's first grade classes learn how to become strong students. "As much as the academics, we try to teach them to be responsible, and take responsibility for their learning," she said.
Congratulations to Betsy Nelson, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher. "Mrs. Nelson is the best teacher in the world," said one of her students. "I think she is the best teacher ever," said another. "I want them to love school as much as I do. That is a huge part of doing well in school, is that you just love it," said Mrs. Nelson.