The Golden Apple goes to Cynthia Mott

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - This week's Golden Apple winner runs a tight but effective ship. Congratulations to Cynthia Mott, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Surfside Middle School.

After more than four decades of teaching, Ms. Mott knows how to successfully run a classroom.

"I think I'm very strict," explained Mott. "I like to be consistent so the kids know exactly what to expect."

"She always runs a tight ship," said one of her students JT Reece. "She doesn't really let anything slide past but that's what makes her a great teacher."

"She's really like straightforward and she'll always help," said another student, Sage Mickey.

Mott expects a lot from her students and pushes them every day to be the very best they can be.

"I want to be sure that they have all the basics," said Mott. "I love seeing them get ready for high school and them coming back and telling me that they did well."

Mott's former students stand out so much when they reach high school, they've earned a nickname and are affectionately known as "Mottites."

"Yes I've heard that," said Mott with a smile. "It makes me feel great, it really does. I think that's the most important thing is that later on, students say, 'You meant something to me.'"

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