The Golden Apple goes to Erica Seeuwen

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - At a first glance, Elizabethan England couldn't be more different than a modern American high school.

English teacher Erica Seeweun closes the 500-year time gap by showing her students how much they have in common with Shakespearean characters.

"You know, they see the language and they think, 'That's not the way I talk I'm never going to get it,'" said Seeuwen. "But it's really about just taking the themes and the things that they're talking about in these plays and translating it to the kids' lives."

For example, "We're doing Julius Caesar right now and that's all about betrayal. So the first day I asked the kids, 'Tell me about a time that you've been betrayed,' and you can bet teenagers have a lot of stories."

Even though she's only been teaching for two years, Erica has no problem earning respect from her students.

"She's very knowledgeable in what she does," said Ethan, one of Seeuwen's students. "She's really helping me out I'm not usually good at English and I currently have an A in the class so it just tells you how good she is."

"She's young, she understands that a lot of the stuff we do can be boring, so she will like take something and find some way for it to entertain us," explained another student, Keirsten.

"I never don't want to come to work," said Seeuwen. "Every day I get here and I'm just so happy to hang out with them, and teach them and it just fulfills my life, it really does. I can't imagine doing anything else."

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