Congratulations to Kimber Blount, this week's Golden Apple winner

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - It takes a special person to work with students with disabilities and this week's Golden Apple winner is a perfect example of that. Congratulations to Kimber Blount of Margaret K. Lewis School.

Blount has been teaching students with disabilities at Margaret K. Lewis for 20 years.

"I do feel like I make a difference here at our schools, that's probably the reason that I love working here so much because I feel like I make a difference with the students, but I also feel like I help parents deal with the fact that their child might be a little different than everybody else," Blount said.

She calls the school a hidden gem, as it serves students with disabilities from ages 3 to 22. Every day she works closely with her students to help them develop skills to be successful.

"Communication is probably the biggest thing that I work on in my classroom and the biggest thing I hope my students leave my class with is some way other people can understand what it is they are trying to tell us," Blount said.

Blount says this school gives her the unique opportunity to see students really grow.

"I've been here long enough for 20 years, last year I actually got to speak for some of the students. I was their very first teacher, so that was exciting to see these students that I taught with at 3, graduating and to see how far they had come," Blount said.

Blount says she wouldn't be the teacher she is today without the team she works with.

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