This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 2nd grade at Hutchison Beach Elementary school. Kristen Ingram was nominated by a parent who writes: "In the words of my daughter, "She makes learning fun!" She has the perfect balance of being stern but loving. She keeps in contact with parents to address concerns and to point out strengths in students. She is simply amazing with her class."
Mrs. Ingram's "Incredibles" say: "She makes work fun," said student Anabella Callahan. In second grade, work looks like this: the students run around the room holding half of a heart-shaped paper cut-out with either a pronoun, or a sentence missing one. Their goal is to find the student with the proper match. It's a fun way to learn how and when to replace nouns with pronouns, and it's just one of many ways Mrs. Ingram helps her students learn difficult concepts. "As we all know children do not learn the same way, Mrs. Ingram has a great way of bringing out the best in others," said Hutchison Beach Principal Glenda Nouskhajian.
"Each day there are 18 little bodies and personalities who come in and they all have their own ideas about how they should learn and what they should learn. I like the challenge of meeting their needs each day," said teacher Kristen Ingram. It's that amazing attitude parents and colleagues so appreciate. "She has a true passion for teaching and you can tell with the students, they love coming to school. She just lights up a room and when I come into a classroom you can just tell great things are happening," said Mrs. Nouskhajian. "She lets us play games and do stations like math stations whenever we have to do work," said Annabella. "Math is fun and it encourages our brain to use creativity," said Caden Roell. "She is the best teacher in the world," said Burgandy Black.
She says their perspective helps change hers. "Getting to see the world through a child's eyes, who wouldn't want to experience that?!" Congratulations to Mrs. Ingram, this week's Golden Apple award winning teacher.