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Golden Apple: Michelle Gillam

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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 start with the sounds, and then we move on to the sight words and writing sentences and reading the small readers like I talked about in our level literacy groups. Getting them involved in the technology and the other stations that we have and we just try to step it up as we go."

She  helps these smart boys and girls reach their full potential.

"I just try to set the expectations high and as they're learning we also try to make sure they're having fun."

Ms. Gillam and teacher assistant Miss Woodward are in charge of a structured school day where the kids spend time at several stations.

"One area is the computers," she says.  "And then we also use the smart board up front. And we have the technology so that they're able to use that. We have the ipad. We're fortunate that here we're at a school that is about technology and they're in the technology age."

That's the kind of lesson plan that will ensure that these students are more than ready  to go into first grade and launch a successful academic career.

"It's such a humbling experience that parents look to us and they basically give us their children and say I'm going to give you my child and I'm going to entrust my child to you every day and I know that you're going to make them successful. And you're going to work and do all that you can do every day and continue to set that bar high and exceed expectations to make them successful for the future, so that they can grow up and be doctors and lawyers or anything that they want to be."

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