On Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, team Jan Dils went to Criss Elementary to hand out the March Golden Apple Award. This award, like several over the past few years, was special because the teacher is set to retire at the end of the school year. This time the deserving educator was Ms. Kristi Miller of Criss Elementary. Ms. Miller has been a teacher for over 30 years, and in that time, she has touched many lives.
We will often state that the Golden Apple winner goes above and beyond, but this case, the phrase is especially true. Ms. Miller run several programs at the school, including Dr. Suess Day and Science Day. Some parents also noted her generosity, stating that she has even bought musical instruments for students. Over the summer Kristi keeps in touch with her students by sending them greeting cards.
When Ms. Miller’s name was announced, all of the students erupted with joy. As they exited the gymnasium every student stopped to look at her plaque and her new bracelet. Making the event more special was the presence of Ms. Miller’s family. It was nice to see her celebrate with them.
Every Golden Apple Award Winner is deserving, but it’s always special when the winner is retiring. Congrats to Kristi Miller for three decades of service, and for teaching countless young minds in that time. We wish you the best in retirement.
December can be a difficult time for the Golden Apple Award. Often, we aren’t able to present it to a deserving teacher during the month of December because of snow days, and the long Christmas break. That was the case this year. The benefit is that we get to visit two schools in the month of January. On Tuesday, January 24th, the Jan Dils team present the December Jan Dils Attorneys at Law Golden Apple Award to Morgan Trout of Waverly Elementary School in Waverly, WV.
While this was not the first time a Golden Apple Award has been presented to a teacher from this facility, we have not visited the small school in several years. While Waverly is one of the smaller schools in the area, they are not short on heart. One benefit of a smaller school is the sense of community everyone has, and how teachers really impact all the students. That’s one of the reasons that Ms. Trout was not just praised by students of her own grade, but really the entire student body stopped to congratulate her. We later learned that Ms. Trout recently started an after-school tutoring program, a first for the school.
Ms. Trout is new to the area, but this happens to be her fourth-year teaching. She mentioned that she loves teaching, but that is also a very demanding job. Parents happen to love her, though, and many of her colleges state that she often goes above and beyond for her students.
Ms. Trout is a very deserving teacher and we appreciate her dedication to her students. We can’t wait to award the January 2017 Golden Apple Award next week.
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