WKRG was back in the schools giving out Golden Apples this month, and three more Mobile County Public Schools teachers were honored.
Williamson Middle Grades Preparatory Academy’s Linda Dixon, Holloway Elementary’s Lauren Reid and Clark-Shaw’s Christy Roberts were surprised last week 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 love my students,” said Roberts, who showed off the stop-action videos made by her students in a class project. “They are the reason I get out of bed and they are the reason I keep my smile on my face. And after 18 years, I still truly enjoy what I do.”
Reid, a third-grade teacher at Holloway, also leads a cheer team and is starting a dance team at Holloway. One area she has emphasized is pushing her students to excel in reading.
“Nowadays, kids don’t really like to read a lot, so I give them little things to inspire them to read, like my reading nook over here,” Reid said, pointing to a tiki hut-themed reading area in her classroom. “It’s something fun for them to go in and sit and read, and they love going in there.”
Dixon was shocked when the representatives from WKRG and its sponsors – the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Swift Supply and Riviera Utilities — came into her classroom.
“Wait a minute,” she said as WKRG anchor Bill Riales approached her with the award. “What’s going on?”
Dixon, who works with special education students at Williamson Prep, also officiates sporting events and teaches children how to swim during the summer.
“I love what I do, honestly I do,” Dixon said. “Everything I’ve ever done has always been dealing with kids. … Most of the kids I deal with have a few issues, but I feel like if I can talk to them and I can get them going in a different direction, then I’ve done my job.”
Anyone can nominate a teacher for a Golden Apple award by visiting www.wkrg.com/golden-apple.