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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Watch the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Special on May 4th at 7pm



Past Recipients:

2019-2020 2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014 2012-2013 2011-2012

Meet the 2020-2021 Golden Apple Recipients:

Golden Apple: Andrew Jones, East Side Elementary

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Andrew Jones knows that communication is key for exceptional education students. He just started at East Side Elementary last August,...

Golden Apple Award: Claire Millsaps, Big Ridge Elementary

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - The pandemic forced teachers to adapt. Virtual learning is typically not ideal. Claire Millsaps took on that challenge in style,...

Golden Apple Award: Richard Hardy’s Coach Tommy Wells

Tommy Wells is an institution at Richard Hardy Memorial School in South Pittsburg. Through his decades of teaching, he has displayed genuine kindness to all his students and players earning him this week's Golden Apple Award.

Golden Apple Award: Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Kathy Gordon

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) -When teachers truly connect with their students, they can spend less time on discipline and more time on learning. Kathy Gordon...

Golden Apple Award: Sarah Leeseberg, Soddy Elementary

SODDY-DAISY, TN (WDEF) - Keeping first graders on track is hard enough in ideal conditions. When you add a virtual element, the degree of...

Golden Apple Award: Hardy Elementary Sarah Tortora

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Music has to power transform us. It's a subject that Sarah Tortora is passionate about. She shares that passion with...

Golden Apple Award: Roger Payne, Whitwell Middle School

WHITWELL, TN (WDEF) - Musicals have become an annual tradition at Whitwell Middle School. For the last 25 years Roger Payne has been the...

Golden Apple Award: Leslie Miller, Chattanooga Valley Elementary

FLINTSTONE, GA (WDEF) - Teaching first and second graders is a hard enough job in ideal conditions. Add a virtual element to the mix,...

Golden Apple Award: Shana Raburn, Woodstation Elementary

RINGGOLD, GA (WDEF) - For the best educators, teaching isn't just a profession, it's a calling. That's certainly the case for Shana Raburn. She's...

Golden Apple Award: Lori Case, Dade Elementary

TRENTON, GA (WDEF) - When graduates of Dade Elementary are asked to name a teacher they will always remember, Lori Case's name pops up...

Golden Apple Award: Kaley Carpenter, Meigs South Elementary

DECATUR, TN (WDEF) - When tragedy struck Meigs South Elementary school, children were left with some very grown up questions. Ms. Kaley Carpenter helped...

Golden Apple Award: Ridgeland High School’s Julie Butler

ROSSVILLE, GA, (WDEF) - Julie Butler was born to teach, but she postponed her own higher education until her youngest daughter was a teenager....

Golden Apple Award: Becky Leary, Nolan Elementary

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN (WDEF) - Boredom is out of the question in Becky Leary's 3rd grade classroom at Nolan Elementary. From the Buddy Bench,...

Golden Apple Award: Gary Coles, Red Bank Middle

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Gary Coles is an In School Suspension Monitor at Red Bank Middle School. This year, he's also teaching Math, Science...

Golden Apple: Hixson High’s Ava Hixson

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) - Teacher's assistants can play a crucial role in reaching children with developmental delays and other challenges. For 20 years, Ava Hixson...