Grand Ridge - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a third grade teacher at Grand Ridge Elementary in Jackson County. Ashley Pelt may only be in her second year teaching, this is actually her first year with her own classroom, but colleagues say she has the skills and talent of someone who's been teaching for decades.
Talk about organized, not a pencil is out of place in Mrs. Pelt's third grade classroom. But that certainly doesn't mean it's boring, quite the contrary. Colorful lanterns and decorations hang inside the cheerful space, welcoming students into an environment meant for learning. "We play games that are all educational. I have a math market so we practice math. I have a computer center so they love to get on and play educational games," said Ashley Pelt.
Her students love center time where they use white boards to practice their math skills and play reading related games. Another sign of a great teacher: when asked what subjects her students like best, they all have different answers. "What do you like best about your class? Math and science," answered Timothy Roberts. "Reading. Because I am good at it and I can read big words," said student Emma Ross. "Math games and multiplication," answered student Larry Williams.
Principal Randy Ward says Mrs. Pelt's lively approach to learning is very appealing to students. "She really conducts herself as a veteran teacher in many aspects. Her classroom management, her instructional delivery, they are just that of somebody who has many more than just two years or a year and a half even of experience."
Congratulations to Ashley Pelt, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher. "She is always nice," said Dalton. "She is the nicest teacher in the world," said Emma.