This teacher has encouraged me to be both a better student and a better person in general. She is incredibly creative and patient. This teacher has written many songs to help the children learn the basics. She takes time with her students individually to make sure they stay on track and to let them know that she genuinely cares about their success. She is a kind hearted woman who not only teaches but leads by example. This teacher is always available to help both students and other teachers. Regardless of how she is feeling, she always has a smile on her face and joy in her voice. This teacher has been given many “Golden Apple” awards from seniors who graduated with a GPA of 3.5 and higher. This award is given to the teacher with the biggest impact on their lives, both academically and personally. Of all the teachers these students have had, they chose a teacher from primary school. Graduating at 18 and their favorite teacher is one they had when they were 8. The lessons she teaches helped them and me grow into the people we are. She has sat with me on many occasions, back then and now, when I was struggling with school and life. I would not be who I am today without her. She deserves this award more than anyone.