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The Golden Apple Award honors those who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a fun and safe place of learning. Since 1993, WJBF–TV, News Channel 6, and our partners have been recognizing outstanding teachers — the everyday heroes who make the crucial difference in our children’s lives.

Our efforts have made a lasting impression in the minds of the winning teachers as well as the students who nominated them. Help us acknowledge those who are rarely recognized. If you know an outstanding teacher who deserves recognition for their efforts in the classroom, we want to know.

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  • Golden Apple: Anna McKee-Poore

    Golden Apple: Anna McKee-Poore

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:45:28 GMT
    Anna McKee-Poore is helping students with special needs overcome obstacles so they can contribute."Our goal in here is to maximize their educational and personal potential," she says. "Social goals, academic goals, behavioral goals, just making them the best citizens they can be."That means skills for quality employment, quality lives, and friendships."They will go to dayhab centers or have actual jobs. It varies a lot from student to student and what their abilities are when they graduate fr...
    Anna McKee-Poore is helping students with special needs overcome obstacles so they can contribute."Our goal in here is to maximize their educational and personal potential," she says. "Social goals, academic goals, behavioral goals, just making them the best citizens they can be."That means skills for quality employment, quality lives, and friendships."They will go to dayhab centers or have actual jobs. It varies a lot from student to student and what their abilities are when they graduate fr...
  • Golden Apple: Kim Phillips

    Golden Apple: Kim Phillips

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-04-02 02:06:09 GMT
    Kim Phillips is a veteran in the classroom but this year brings something brand new. She's teaching kindergarten for the first time."My principal thought that I was a very nurturing person so she thought I might enjoy teaching kindergarten. I had once told her that before I retired I really wanted to teach kindergarten, so she just gave me my wish."This big change comes after she taught 2nd grade for 20 years."They're just beginning so that is a lot of fun getting to see them grow from the ve...
    Kim Phillips is a veteran in the classroom but this year brings something brand new. She's teaching kindergarten for the first time."My principal thought that I was a very nurturing person so she thought I might enjoy teaching kindergarten. I had once told her that before I retired I really wanted to teach kindergarten, so she just gave me my wish."This big change comes after she taught 2nd grade for 20 years."They're just beginning so that is a lot of fun getting to see them grow from the ve...
  • Golden Apple: Daniel Patrick

    Golden Apple: Daniel Patrick

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-03-26 02:31:05 GMT
    Welcome to Pine Hill Middle School where 7th grade sounds a lot like college."We were actually introducing entrepreneurship and economic systems throughout different parts of the world," says teacher Daniel Patrick. "The main thing that we were trying to do is get them to understand that in any business you have to have the combination human capital, capital goods, as well as the balance between labor costs as well as profits and loss that a company can have."Just part of the lesson plan from...
    Welcome to Pine Hill Middle School where 7th grade sounds a lot like college."We were actually introducing entrepreneurship and economic systems throughout different parts of the world," says teacher Daniel Patrick. "The main thing that we were trying to do is get them to understand that in any business you have to have the combination human capital, capital goods, as well as the balance between labor costs as well as profits and loss that a company can have."Just part of the lesson plan from...
  • Golden Apple: Michelle Gillam

    Golden Apple: Michelle Gillam

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-03-19 01:20:30 GMT
    These kindergartners are on the home stretch. May is coming soon and they're going to wrap up one very busy school year.Teacher Michelle Gillam tells us,"We kinda start with the alphabet letters and we
    These kindergartners are on the home stretch. May is coming soon and they're going to wrap up one very busy school year.Teacher Michelle Gillam tells us,"We kinda start with the alphabet letters and we
  • Golden Apple: Beth Bodiford

    Golden Apple: Beth Bodiford

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-03-12 01:21:40 GMT
    Beth Bodiford's students are celebrating quite a milestone."We had a snow day on our 100th day of school," she says. "So we're making up our 100th day today. We've made hats for the 100th day. We were
    Beth Bodiford's students are celebrating quite a milestone."We had a snow day on our 100th day of school," she says. "So we're making up our 100th day today. We've made hats for the 100th day. We were
  • Golden Apple: Elizabeth Sumerlin

    Golden Apple: Elizabeth Sumerlin

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:41 GMT
    When students come into Elizabeth Sumerlin's Creative Writing class, they can really express themselves."I wanted them to have a safe place where they can write about the things that bother them or they
    When students come into Elizabeth Sumerlin's Creative Writing class, they can really express themselves."I wanted them to have a safe place where they can write about the things that bother them or they
  • Golden Apple: Melvin Dukes

    Golden Apple: Melvin Dukes

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:40 GMT
    Melvin Dukes' mother just has to be so proud of him. After all, he's following in her footsteps."I guess it started because my Mom she teaches math down at A.R. Johnson," he says. "And it's just in the
    Melvin Dukes' mother just has to be so proud of him. After all, he's following in her footsteps."I guess it started because my Mom she teaches math down at A.R. Johnson," he says. "And it's just in the
  • Golden Apple: Meredith Harris

    Golden Apple: Meredith Harris

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:39 GMT
    Meredith Harris teaches English and Drama at Fox Creek High School."When I was in school and younger, I was always the one helping out my friends," she says.  "And they came to me for help with their homework
    Meredith Harris teaches English and Drama at Fox Creek High School."When I was in school and younger, I was always the one helping out my friends," she says.  "And they came to me for help with their homework
  • Golden Apple: Bonnie McNeill

    Golden Apple: Bonnie McNeill

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:39 GMT
    "When I was in the 5th grade, I joined the band, loved it, loved it.  I knew before 5th grade I would teach, but when I got into band I knew what I was going to teach," she says.She took that love for
    "When I was in the 5th grade, I joined the band, loved it, loved it.  I knew before 5th grade I would teach, but when I got into band I knew what I was going to teach," she says.She took that love for
  • Golden Apple: Stephanie Reeves

    Golden Apple: Stephanie Reeves

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:39 GMT
    Stephanie Reeves is making sure her Social Studies students stay focused on another important lesson."We've been studying about the European exploration of North America. We've been studying that for about
    Stephanie Reeves is making sure her Social Studies students stay focused on another important lesson."We've been studying about the European exploration of North America. We've been studying that for about
  • Golden Apple: Jay Murray

    Golden Apple: Jay Murray

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:38 GMT
    Talk about a rare sight.  Agriculture Education students sitting in a classroom.  Rare, because the real learning happens right outside the door.That's when they get to enjoy life in Jay Murray's learning
    Talk about a rare sight.  Agriculture Education students sitting in a classroom.  Rare, because the real learning happens right outside the door.That's when they get to enjoy life in Jay Murray's learning
  • Golden Apple: Shana Brown

    Golden Apple: Shana Brown

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:38 GMT
    Shana Brown's students get to learn about how we got here. She teaches U.S. and World History at Thomson High School."I've always been intrigued by the story that got us to where we are," she says. "I
    Shana Brown's students get to learn about how we got here. She teaches U.S. and World History at Thomson High School."I've always been intrigued by the story that got us to where we are," she says. "I
  • Golden Apple: Stephanie Scott

    Golden Apple: Stephanie Scott

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:38 GMT
    Long before Stephanie Scott came to Richmond County, Georgia, she was a small child in a small town.  That's when someone made a big impression."I've always wanted to become a teacher because of my 2nd
    Long before Stephanie Scott came to Richmond County, Georgia, she was a small child in a small town.  That's when someone made a big impression."I've always wanted to become a teacher because of my 2nd
  • Golden Apple: Bradford Wilson

    Golden Apple: Bradford Wilson

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:38 GMT
    Bradford Wilson did not get into teaching to teach."I got into teaching because I wanted to coach football and track and things like that," he says."And then as I got into teaching I actually enjoyed teaching
    Bradford Wilson did not get into teaching to teach."I got into teaching because I wanted to coach football and track and things like that," he says."And then as I got into teaching I actually enjoyed teaching
  • Golden Apple: Carol Burton

    Golden Apple: Carol Burton

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-28 15:16:38 GMT
    Carol Burton, who teaches at Westmont Elementary School, is this week's Golden Apple Award recipient.
    Carol Burton, who teaches at Westmont Elementary School, is this week's Golden Apple Award recipient.
  • Golden Apple: Chanique Hill

    Golden Apple: Chanique Hill

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 9:17 PM EST2014-02-05 02:17:05 GMT
    When we walked in to Chiniqua Hill's classroom we thought we were in George Myers' forecast center.  These 6th graders are really into their lesson on meteorology."You walked in on what we call the activator,"
    When we walked in to Chiniqua Hill's classroom we thought we were in George Myers' forecast center.  These 6th graders are really into their lesson on meteorology."You walked in on what we call the activator,"
  • 2013 Golden Apple Ceremony Now Online

    2013 Golden Apple Ceremony Now Online

    Monday, May 6 2013 3:45 PM EDT2013-05-06 19:45:35 GMT
    The 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony that was broadcast Friday, May 3rd is now archived online.
    The 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony that was broadcast Friday, May 3rd is now archived online.
  • 2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 1

    2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 1

    Monday, May 6 2013 3:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 19:29:51 GMT
    This is segment 1 of 4 of the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd.
    This is segment 1 of 4 of the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd.
  • 2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 2

    2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 2

    Monday, May 6 2013 3:28 PM EDT2013-05-06 19:28:59 GMT
    This is segment 2 of 4 of the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd.
    This is segment 2 of 4 of the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd.
  • 2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 3

    2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 3

    Monday, May 6 2013 3:27 PM EDT2013-05-06 19:27:59 GMT
    This is segment 3 of 4 of the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd.
    This is segment 3 of 4 of the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd.
  • 2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 4

    2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony: Segment 4

    Monday, May 6 2013 3:26 PM EDT2013-05-06 19:26:50 GMT
    This is segment 4 of 4 of the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd.
    WJBF News Channel 6 proudly presents the 2013 Golden Apple Awards ceremony. this 1-hour special aired live on Friday, May 3rd. We now have this show archived online. This is segment 4 of 4.
  • Golden Apple: Coach Anthony Stevens

    Golden Apple: Coach Anthony Stevens

    Coach Anthony Stevens has a ton of energy and enthusiasm. WJBF News Channel 6's Brad Means got him to slow down long enough to win the Golden Apple Award.
    Coach Anthony Stevens has a ton of energy and enthusiasm. WJBF News Channel 6's Brad Means got him to slow down long enough to win the Golden Apple Award. 
  • Golden Apple: Teresa Taylor

    Golden Apple: Teresa Taylor

    Tuesday, April 23 2013 6:55 PM EDT2013-04-23 22:55:21 GMT
    Teresa Taylor has been improving young lives 9 years. Her dedication to them brings rewards for her."The joy of seeing children when they catch on to something is very rewarding and that's what keeps me
    Teresa Taylor has been improving young lives 9 years. Her dedication to them brings rewards for her."The joy of seeing children when they catch on to something is very rewarding and that's what keeps me
  • Golden Apple: Karmen Lowery

    Golden Apple: Karmen Lowery

    Tuesday, April 16 2013 9:45 PM EDT2013-04-17 01:45:12 GMT
    Karmen Lowery has her work cut out for her when it comes to keeping these 3 and 4 year olds focused."They are just full of energy," she says. "And so a lot of the learning we do is a lot of play.  Because
    Karmen Lowery has her work cut out for her when it comes to keeping these 3 and 4 year olds focused."They are just full of energy," she says. "And so a lot of the learning we do is a lot of play.  Because
  • Golden Apple: Deborah Rashada

    Golden Apple: Deborah Rashada

    Tuesday, April 2 2013 9:16 PM EDT2013-04-03 01:16:12 GMT
    It may look like these Langford Middle Schoolers are doodling on their desk for no good reason, but teacher Deborah Rashada says it serves a strong purpose."When I did this with my kids the first time,
    It may look like these Langford Middle Schoolers are doodling on their desk for no good reason, but teacher Deborah Rashada says it serves a strong purpose."When I did this with my kids the first time,
  • Golden Apple: Missy Walker

    Golden Apple: Missy Walker

    Tuesday, March 26 2013 8:58 PM EDT2013-03-27 00:58:33 GMT
    Missy Walker teaches Preschoolers Aquiring Language Skills. It's also called P.A.L.S."P.A.L.S. is a program that works with at-risk children who are having difficulty with their expressive and receptive
    Missy Walker teaches Preschoolers Aquiring Language Skills. It's also called P.A.L.S."P.A.L.S. is a program that works with at-risk children who are having difficulty with their expressive and receptive
  • Golden Apple: Felicia Cullars

    Golden Apple: Felicia Cullars

    Felicia Cullars is a teacher at Paine College, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Felicia Cullars is a teacher at Paine College, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Lizbeth Wheeler

    Golden Apple: Lizbeth Wheeler

    Lizbeth Wheeler is an outstanding educator at Westside High School.
    Lizbeth Wheeler is an outstanding educator at Westside High School.
  • Golden Apple: Keith Walton

    Golden Apple: Keith Walton

    Keith Walton helps body and mind feel great.
    Keith Walton helps body and mind feel great.
  • Golden Apple: Melissa Culpepper

    Golden Apple: Melissa Culpepper

    Melissa Culpepper already has her elementary students thinking about college.
    Melissa Culpepper already has her elementary students thinking about college.
  • Golden Apple: Keri Smith

    Golden Apple: Keri Smith

    Keri Smith knows that it's important to master Spanish before you graduate.
    Keri Smith knows that it's important to master Spanish before you graduate.
  • Golden Apple: Carolyn Giddens

    Golden Apple: Carolyn Giddens

    Carolyn Giddens keeps her students interested in some of the best books ever.
    Carolyn Giddens keeps her students interested in some of the best books ever.
  • Golden Apple: Fran Risse

    Golden Apple: Fran Risse

    Fran Risse does a great job in and out of the classroom.
    Fran Risse does a great job in and out of the classroom.
  • Golden Apple: Leslie Walters

    Golden Apple: Leslie Walters

    Leslie Walters is a great teacher at Midland Valley High School.
    Leslie Walters is a great teacher at Midland Valley High School.
  • Golden Apple: Jennifer Cooney

    Golden Apple: Jennifer Cooney

    God gave her these children to care for and love.
    God gave her these children to care for and love.
  • Golden Apple: Stevan Smith

    Golden Apple: Stevan Smith

    Stevan Smith is an outstanding Auto Tech teacher.
    Stevan Smith is an outstanding Auto Tech teacher.
  • Golden Apple: Sydney Prescott

    Golden Apple: Sydney Prescott

    Sydney Prescott makes sure her 5th graders are ready for middle school when they leave her classroom.
    Sydney Prescott makes sure her 5th graders are ready for middle school when they leave her classroom.
  • Golden Apple: Jeanette Wiggleton

    Golden Apple: Jeanette Wiggleton

    It was a privilege to meet this superb teacher.
    It was a privilege to meet this superb teacher.
  • Golden Apple: Michael Wilson

    Golden Apple: Michael Wilson

    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Wilson, Social Studies Teacher at A.R. Johnson Magnet School.
    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Wilson, Social Studies Teacher at A.R. Johnson Magnet School.
  • Golden Apple: Marcus Chester

    Golden Apple: Marcus Chester

    A great music teacher from The Academy of Richmond County
    A great music teacher from The Academy of Richmond County
  • Golden Apple: Dana Thomas

    Golden Apple: Dana Thomas

    Mrs. Thomas loves her students and her career.
    Mrs. Thomas loves her students and her career.
  • Golden Apple: Jeremy Medlin

    Golden Apple: Jeremy Medlin

    Mr. Medlin is living out his dream by being in the classroom.
    Mr. Medlin is living out his dream by being in the classroom.
  • Golden Apple: Holley Oellerich

    Golden Apple: Holley Oellerich

    She's a great teacher from Greenbrier Elementary school.
    She's a great teacher from Greenbrier Elementary school.
  • Golden Apple: Holley Oellerich

    Golden Apple: Holley Oellerich

    Holley Oellerich is a great teacher from Greenbrier Elementary School.
    Holley Oellerich is a great teacher from Greenbrier Elementary School.
  • Golden Apple: Barbara Jean Petty

    Golden Apple: Barbara Jean Petty

    Barbara Jean Petty teaches Georgia Studies. 
    Barbara Jean Petty teaches Georgia Studies. 
  • Golden Apple: Rasheeda Usry

    Golden Apple: Rasheeda Usry

    She does a great job with her 4th grade students.
    She does a great job with her 4th grade students.
  • Golden Apple: Lisa Pickrell

    Golden Apple: Lisa Pickrell

    Her job is so much more than work.
    Her job is so much more than work.
  • Golden Apple: Angela Faglier

    Golden Apple: Angela Faglier

    Mrs. Faglier is celebrating 30 years in the classroom.
    Mrs. Faglier is celebrating 30 years in the classroom.
  • Golden Apple: John Naas

    Golden Apple: John Naas

    Mr. Naas is one of many Golden Apple Award winners from Fox Creek High School.
    Mr. Naas is one of many Golden Apple Award winners from Fox Creek High School.
  • Golden Apple: Rasheeda Usry

    Golden Apple: Rasheeda Usry

    Rasheeda Usry is a teacher at Mildred E. Freeman Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Rasheeda Usry is a teacher at Mildred E. Freeman Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Tammie Alan

    Golden Apple: Tammie Alan

    Tammie Alan is a teacher at Fox Creek High School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Tammie Alan is a teacher at Fox Creek High School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Allison Kervin

    Golden Apple: Allison Kervin

    Allison Kervin is a teacher at Hammond Hills Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Allison Kervin is a teacher at Hammond Hills Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Allison Renew

    Golden Apple: Allison Renew

    Allison Renew is a teacher at Wheeler Pines Preschool, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Allison Renew is a teacher at Wheeler Pines Preschool, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Michelle Olivares

    Golden Apple: Michelle Olivares

    Michelle Olivares is a teacher at Cross Creek High School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Michelle Olivares is a teacher at Cross Creek High School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Debra Welch

    Golden Apple: Debra Welch

    Debra Welch is a teacher at Hephzibah High School School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Debra Welch is a teacher at Hephzibah High School School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Brenda Holmes Westbrook

    Golden Apple: Brenda Holmes Westbrook

    Brenda Holmes Westbrook is a teacher at Jamestown Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Brenda Holmes Westbrook is a teacher at Jamestown Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Jennifer Oliver

    Golden Apple: Jennifer Oliver

    Jennifer Oliver is a teacher at McBean Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Jennifer Oliver is a teacher at McBean Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Carron Carr

    Golden Apple: Carron Carr

    Carron Carr is a teacher at Burke County Middle School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Carron Carr is a teacher at Burke County Middle School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Jean Barefield

    Golden Apple: Jean Barefield

    Jean Barefield is a teacher at Burke County High School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Jean Barefield is a teacher at Burke County High School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Karole Putnam

    Golden Apple: Karole Putnam

    Karole Putnam is a teacher at Southside Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Karole Putnam is a teacher at Southside Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Valencia Cartledge

    Golden Apple: Valencia Cartledge

    Valencia Cartledge is a teacher at Lamar Milledge Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Valencia Cartledge is a teacher at Lamar Milledge Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Joanne Jones

    Golden Apple: Joanne Jones

    Joanne Jones is a teacher at W.S. Hornsby Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Joanne Jones is a teacher at W.S. Hornsby Elementary School, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple-Nancy Molik

    Golden Apple-Nancy Molik

    Nancy Molik is a teacher at Augusta Technical College, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
    Nancy Molik is a teacher at Augusta Technical College, and is this week's Golden Apple Award Winner.
  • Golden Apple: Mary Frances Young

    Golden Apple: Mary Frances Young

    Tuesday, March 19 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-03-20 01:53:57 GMT
    The school year is winding down, but Mary Frances Young and her students continue to work hard."We're covering common core standards and we are learning amazing stuff this year," she says. Before she
    The school year is winding down, but Mary Frances Young and her students continue to work hard."We're covering common core standards and we are learning amazing stuff this year," she says. Before she
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