Gale Cassady wins the Golden Apple
This week's Golden Apple winner retired from teaching before moving to the area, but it wasn't long before she came out of retirement to teach in Bay District Schools. Congratulations to Gale Cassady of Tommy Smith Elementary, this week's Golden Apple winner.
Gale Cassady comes from a family of teachers. She taught for 25 years in Alabama before moving to Bay County, where she's been for the last seven years.
"I love seeing the light bulb come on, I love teaching kids how to read, and I love turning those kids who don't love math into kids that absolutely love math," Cassady said.
Last year was a difficult year for many in Bay District schools, so Cassady decided she wanted to move from first grade to second with her kids.
"We became like a family, and I just felt like I wanted to keep these kids another year, and it's made the year so wonderful, the only problem is sometimes I will say, 'Okay, first graders let's get ready,' and they'll correct me, 'Miss Cassady, we're second graders now," Cassady said.
Cassady hopes each of her students is fully prepared for third grade by the end of the year, but that's not all.
"I also want them to be good people and have a good heart and care of each other and being together for two years I think kind of fosters that," Cassady said.
While Miss Cassady won't follow her second graders to third grade, she does plan on staying at Tommy Smith until she retires... again.