This week's Golden Apple winner teaches math, science, and computers at St. John Catholic School in Panama City.
Darlene Thornhill was nominated by a parent who writes:
Mrs. Thornhill has been an inspiration to my children all year. They love her and as a result love the subject that she teaches.
"She teaches us in a different way. She teaches us so that we can understand it more than I've ever been taught before. She teaches us where we are able to engage in the activity and it makes us able to understand it alot better," Sarah Montgomery, 8th grade, said.
"Mrs. Thornill is very passionate about what she does, she puts a lot of care into her thought process and she is very detail oriented and I think the kids understand that she cares about them and their success and achievement," Kaycie Blaylock, principal, said.
"Some of my kids that I've taught since I've been here they are now becoming doctors and lawyers and astrophysicists. They are doing all kinds of wonderful things and it's just amazing to watch where they have started as these little kids and that they are becoming very productive members of society and their faith is still with them," Thornhill said.
"The Golden Apple is really neat and I think that she deserves it because she makes sure every student has everything they need to move on and I think she stops to make sure that everyone is knowing everything before we move on to make sure no one is left in the dust," Elizabeth Pozen, 8th grader, said.