The Sun Prairie Education Association (SPEA) sponsors a community outreach initiative – referred to as the “Golden Apple” – to recognize the efforts and contributions of educators who routinely go above and beyond to have a positive impact on their students, schools and community.
The program is a venue for parents, students, community members and fellow educators to share their stories and shine a spotlight on the successes happening all across Sun Prairie’s public schools – from the elementary, middle and high school levels.
This month, the SPEA honors Shelly Smith, a fifth grade teacher at Eastside Elementary School, located at 661 Elizabeth Lane.
Mrs. Smith is a member of Eastside School’s RtI (Response to Intervention) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) groups. She is also active with the Sun Prairie Youth Hockey Association.
Smith was nominated by her colleagues Lindsay Freidel and Ashley Tranchita.
Below are the nomination comments about Mrs. Smith, this month’s Golden Apple honoree:
Shelly is extremely deserving of the Golden Apple nomination for many reasons. She is a top-notch teacher who always does what is best for each of her students.
Shelly knows what strategies and methods work, but she is always willing to learn and try something new.
Whatever it takes to meet the needs of every child, no matter how much time and energy it takes, Shelly will do it. She refuses anything less than excellence and pushes her students to be the best they can be. Shelly is inspiring to her students and helps them to see the real world connections to their learning.
Not only is Shelly an inspiration to her students, but also to her team members and other staff.
We are both comparatively new teachers (Ashley-6th year teacher, Lindsay-4th year teacher) and Shelly has mentored both of us since the beginning.
We have often discussed how it must have been difficult for Shelly, who is a strong, veteran teacher, to have two new members join her team within three years.
We have always felt as if Shelly sees us as her equals, encourages our ideas and provokes creativity. She is great at helping us discover new practices and strategies while still validating our ideas.
We can go to her with any questions and she will always make time to help.
Not only is Shelly a great team leader who is always thinking of our needs, but she is also a team player who sees our students as her students.
Nominate an educator to receive the Golden Apple Award
Parents, students, community members and fellow educators and school administrators can nominate educators for this award.
Nominations can be submitted to: email@example.com or by mail to Early Learning Resource Center, Attn: Erin Finger, 509 Commercial Ave.. Sun Prairie, WI 53590.
For a nomination form, visit http://spea4kids.wordpress.com.
Nominations will be reviewed by an SPEA committee and the honoree will be publicly recognized and receive an award.
“As parents, when you have a great experience, you search for ways to express your gratitude,” said Andrea Dollak, president of the Parent Teacher Student Organization at Patrick Marsh Middle School.
“Nominating an educator for this award is something tangible we can do to express our appreciation,” Dollak added.
Brad Lutes, teacher and SPEA president, said since the program launched in February 2012, it has become increasingly popular, with more and more parents submitting stories about their experiences and praise for Sun Prairies educators.
The SPEA represents public education employees in the Sun Prairie Area School District by amplifying their voices to ensure the community maintains high-quality public schools.