Golden Apple: Lisa Pickrell - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Golden Apple: Lisa Pickrell

By Brad Means

Lisa Pickrell has been teaching  for 30 years.  25 of them  right here in kindergarten.

"I love all ages, but the kindergarten age is just most precious to me," she says.

Today they're focusing on their foundation in mathematics.

"This is called our math meeting that we have with Saxon math.  It's our calendar time when we learn the days of the week, the months of the year," Pickrell tell us.

Part of a very busy lesson plan at such a young age.

She says, "We're learning how to read and write. We have reading skills, we have math skills, we have language arts skills, we work on fine motor skills, and also we work on social skills."
By the time May rolls around, these boys and girls are more than set for the next step.

"The mature a lot. When they come in at the beginning of the school year, they do seem like babies.  But as the school year progresses, they mature so much, and by the time graduation rolls around, they are definitely ready to enter first grade."
And Mrs. Pickrell is ready to do it all again.  Brightening lives at Briarwood Academy.

She says, "It's more than a paycheck to me.  I love children. I've always had a passion for teaching and helping others."

"I definitely am rewarded daily and I feel like anything I can do to give back to this community, this school, and make the world a better place to live, it's very rewarding," she says.

"I don't know how many people can get up and go to work every day and love what they do.  To see the children progress as the year goes by is just a sense of accomplishment, and I just love what I do."

"I always wanted to have a lot of children, so in a sense I do have a lot of children every day, they just don't get to go home with me."

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