Ponce de Leon - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a teacher at Ponce de Leon High School. Janice Andrews is so well-loved, her nomination received more than one thousand hits on our website in just one day!
Take one look around Janice Andrews' classroom and you know it's a fascinating place to be. Trained to teach physical education, she also teaches AP Biology, anatomy, and photography.
Her science classes are inquiry-based, she places small experiments around the room to spark students interest. On this day her "Health Opportunities through Physical Education" class is reviewing for their upcoming final, which students say won't be easy. "She has everything you'd expect in a teacher, she won't let her students fail. She will push you and push you and push you until you get it right," said student Anthony Summerlin.
"The kids recognize that she is demanding. You don't know how many past students, even parents who are past students, want their kids to have her, their grade may not be as high but they know their students will receive rigor and challenge for the next step in their education and their lives," said Principal Buddy Brown. "She is just a good teacher, she has good qualities, she is just a good woman," said student Maranda Carroll.
So many students, past and present, feel the same. Her nomination got more than one thousand votes. "It's unbelievable," said Mrs. Andrews. "This is my 39th year. I have taught thousands of children and they all responded."