Two Mobile County Public Schools teachers, Phillips Prep band director Lori Galemore and Baker High English teacher Sonja Ivey, were surprised at their schools Friday with Golden Apple awards, a new honor sponsored by WKRG, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Riviera Utilities and Swift Supply.
“I love getting to work with the kids … watching them, from the sixth-graders who’d never held a horn before to the end of eighth grade, I’ve got them playing high school-level music like they’re professionals,” Galemore said. “It’s so much fun to watch them grow from knowing so little to knowing so much.”
The Golden Apple is a new award for teachers who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a fun and safe place of learning. Galemore was nominated for the award by Phillips student Ben Specker.
“It’s my first year here at Phillips and she made it a lot more fun,” Specker said.
Ivey, who also serves as an Azalea Trail Maid sponsor, was nominated by a former Baker student.
“I love my students. I love being a teacher. They’re my heart, so I love what I do,” Ivey said. “These guys mean a lot to me. I told them I do what I do because I love kids, and I love being in the classroom with them. And I especially love freshmen — I love watching them grow up.”