The Golden Apple goes to Krista Chapman of Deer Point Elementary

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - This week's Golden Apple winner makes learning fun no matter the subject. Through different themes, third-grade teacher Krista Chapman at Deer Point Elementary is able to help her students excel in the classroom.

"We did The Greatest Showman once, and all this hall had everything around it and we got to watch the movie and eat popcorn," Chapman's student, Paige Register said.

Whether it's The Greatest Showman or a pizza parlor to learn more about fractions, Chapman has a different theme for every lesson plan, it's a way to get her kids more engaged in the subjects.

"Our third grade team here believes that every day should be an experience in the classroom. Students should go home and have more to say than I did a workout sheet or I did math or reading," Chapman said.

She believes information becomes more concrete when students learn through experiences.

"It's just part of the experience, so they are learning the rigorous stuff, they are learning all of the standards that every other child in Bay County is, but we are really just trying to make it fun," Chapman said.

Chapman has been teaching for five years. She left her job in the business field because she wanted to make a difference.

"It is so rewarding and so fulfilling. Every day I get to come and be a part of 16 little people's lives and teach them something new and they know at the end of the day that they are loved and they are cared for [them] and I feel the same in return," Chapman said.

It may be extra work, but Chapman says it's worth it in the end.

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