Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches Language Arts at Newpoint Bay High School. Shelly Webb became a teacher just two years ago after working for the Department of Children and Families as a child protective investigator. She was nominated by a student who is grateful she made the career change.
Exam preparation is in high gear in Mrs. Webb's Newpoint Bay High School classroom. The tests are part of every semester, but it's not routine yet for Mrs. Webb who is in just her second year of teaching. "This is a second career for me. I worked for the Department of Children and Families as a child protective investigator in Escambia and Bay County prior to this. I really wanted to work with children in a more positive way. I really just want to connect with the students and be a positive role model," said Mrs. Webb.
It's clear she's already having an impact. "She is a really amazing teacher. I really like her, she brings joy to my heart every time I walk into her class. She is just a phenomenal teacher," said Jill Dwyer, who nominated Mrs. Webb. "Mrs. Webb just really connects with her children. They can come to her with anything and they are not afraid to ask questions," said Principal Jennifer St. Germain.
When it comes to teaching styles, Mrs. Webb has seen the results that come from differentiated instruction and small group work. "That way I know which students need more time and which are more independent. That way everybody gets a little bit of help and those who need more help are getting more time," said Mrs. Webb.
For students like Jill, that has made all the difference. "She is there for us when we need help and she is just extraordinary," said Jill. Congratulations to Shelly Webb, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher.