The Golden Apple goes to Jill Cerney of Surfside Middle School

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - Math can be a challenging subject, but this middle school teacher goes out of her way to help her students excel. Congratulations to Mrs.Jill Cerney of Surfside Middle School this week's Golden Apple winner.

Jill Cerney has been teaching math at Surfside Middle School for nine years.

"I love inspiring students and giving them that passion and encouragement in math," Cerney said.

And while math isn't always the easiest subject for students to understand, Mrs. Cerney tries to make her classroom a welcome environment for learning.

"We let the students work together, they like corporately working together and being able to work on different projects and just using every aspect of the classroom the help them enhance their learning," Cerney said.

Each year Surfside Middle School has classroom themes and this year's theme is "seas the day."

"We usually use a water theme and we take our themes and share them in the classroom and help the students use them in their everyday lives," Cerney said.

She's inspiring her students to make the most out of every day.

"I hope my students walk away with having the courage to go into any math class and be able to pursue all their dreams," Cerney said.

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