This week's Golden Apple goes to Whitney Gillman

Published: Mar. 9, 2017 at 7:45 AM CST
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This week's Golden Apple winner works to instill a love of reading in her third graders. Congratulations to Whitney Gillman at the University Academy.

Charlotte's Web, James and the Giant Peach, and Amelia Bedelia all have an important place in Mrs. Gillman's third grade classroom. For Gillman, mastering reading and writing is essential to her student's academic careers.

"I think it's so important to have a strong foundation in reading because every single thing that these kids do in their life will involve reading in some way," explained Gillman. "Whether it's math or science or they choose a field in STEAM, they'll need to be able to read and write."

Her infectious passion and enthusiasm in the classroom has rubbed off on some of her students.

"Mrs. Gillman is so nice and she teaches me a lot of things," said one of her students, Rylie Clark Thompson. "I'm really appreciative that I have her."

Gillman hopes her students leave her classroom not only ready to take on the fourth grade, but the world as well.

"The thing that I hope that my students take with them the most is that they are loved and that they feel like they're important and can be successful not only in my classroom but also in the real world," said Gillman. "Because I am preparing them not just to finish their grade and to finish a successful year, but to be great citizens in our community."

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