Three more Mobile County Public Schools teachers were honored by Golden Apple Awards by WKRG last week.
Mechelle Spriggs of Blount High, Laurin Tew of Mary G. Montgomery High and Tracie Robinson of Allentown Elementary were surprised in their classrooms with the awards, which are presented to teachers who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a fun and safe place of learning.
“I think for any educator, there’s no greater reward, or award, than receiving something from your peers, and especially from the students and the parents, who say you’re doing the job they expect you to do. That’s all I try to do,” said Spriggs, who teaches Allied Health/HCAP at Blount and was nominated for the award by a parent.
Tew, a special education teacher at Mary G. Montgomery, was also Mobile County’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. She was nominated by several of her students.
“She’s always been a very influential person in my life,” said one of those students, Claudia Woods. “She’s always pushed me to do my very, very, absolute best, and always made me feel a part of the family.”
Robinson teaches fifth grade at Allentown and was nominated by longtime family friend Pamela Dunn, who said she was touched by how Robinson handled her class while one of her students, Aubreigh Nicholas, was battling DIPG.
“I just watched what she did with the children and with Aubreigh, including all of them, and making sure everybody got their attention and needs met,” Dunn said. “It just impressed me that she went to that extent.”
Now in her 13th year as a teacher, Robinson said her approach is to treat her students how she would want her child to be treated. “I love to be around them,” she said. “ I love to see their faces when they get something and to see them succeed in life, as well.”
Last month, Phillips Prep band director Lori Galemore and Baker High English teacher Sonja Ivey were honored with Golden Apples. Along with WKRG, the Golden Apple Awards are sponsored by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Swift Supply and Riviera Utilities.