He considers himself part teacher, part parent, part mentor and part social worker. But Joel Brown doesn't mind. He got into teaching to do something that matters.
Josh Yother never thought he'd be a teacher. But when he witnessed the impact someone who cares about kids can have in their development, he knew he had to get involved.
When Hayley Cranford leaves East Ridge Elementary at the end of the school day, she heads home to research future classroom assignments. Cranford regularly invents ways to get her students invested in their learning.
Daphne Shilling believes in being animated in the classroom. Students at Alpine Crest Elementary love her silly side and they respond by learning faster.
Coming from the business world, Joe Bryan knows what employers want from potential hires. That's why his classroom assignments are geared toward grooming students for jobs.
Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lewis nearly retired at the end of last school year. He left a successful JROTC program at Sale Creek High, only to be called back into service at Sequoyah High. His commitment to motivating young people to be better citizens makes him this weeks Golden Apple Award Winner.
Studies show music reinforces academics, making better students. And thanks to Rivermont Elementary School's Music Teacher, students are learning how to make A's and B's, and play them.
Students respond to Iris Harris' unique teaching techniques by hanging on her every word. She's loving and encouraging, but still able to discipline her students, when they get off course.
Heritage Middle School teacher Beth Chappelear found a way to take history out of the past and bring it into the digital age. Her students responded with an awakened interest in social studies.
Cadaver dogs will be brought in tomorrow to continue the search.