Paula Weaver wins this week's Golden Apple

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - Science can be a tough subject, but one teacher makes her lesson plans more interactive so her students stay engaged. Congratulations to Paula Weaver, of Bay Haven Charter Academy, for being this week's Golden Apple winner.

"I get a chance to help students with their reading, and their math with hands-on, for me it's the complete package," Weaver said.

Weaver says teaching science to her middle school students is a gift.

"I can't imagine doing anything else," Weaver said.

For 20 years, Weaver has used interactive techniques to help her students stay focused and engaged in the material.

"It's been phenomenally fun, because we know students are so interested and if you give them hands-on opportunities they are really going to learn it and enjoy it." Weaver said.

She often brings in guest speakers, and says Hurricane Michael has given her a unique opportunity.

"Part of our lesson dealt with civil engineering and we started talking about how that has taken place in our community, now they understand the infrastructure that a community needs to be able to take care of getting rid of the trash and take of getting in supplies," Weaver said.

Whether students are learning about civil engineering, rocks and minerals or galaxies and stars weaver wants them to leave her classroom with a better understanding of science, technology, engineering and math.

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