Congratulations to Betsy Balmer, this week's Golden Apple Winner

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - One teacher was displaced from her classroom after Hurricane Michael, but that's not stopping her from bringing a little bit of joy to school.

Congratulations to Betsy Balmer of Mowat Middle School, this week's Golden Apple winner.

Balmer has been teaching for more than 40 years. She's the Library Media Specialist at Mowat Middle School.

"I have the best job in the entire county because I get to do the fun stuff. I get to do ice cream with the sunshine readers, celebrate with million-word readers, and I have all the fun times. We are running robots, and I'm looking forward to doing some drones," Balmer said.

Her goal is to make her students more comfortable using technology both in and out of the classroom.

"That they can use their Chromebook and use other computers to actively work in the digital world that they are going to live in," Balmer said.

But recently Balmer has faced some challenges; like many other people after the hurricane, she's been displaced from her classroom.

"I tell the kids that the air conditioner on the roof did the happy dance before it decided to throw itself off and when it did that it damaged the roof and rained in the library, and we lost 57 boxes of books that I still don't have, plus another 500 on top of that," Balmer said.

Now, Balmer is left to organize the books that were salvageable, but she chooses to focus on the little time she has left because she plans on retiring next year.

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