EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the second straight year, WEAU 13 News is partnering with the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation to honor one educator from all 20 public schools in the district with a Golden Apple Award.
Lars Long is the Golden Apple recipient from DeLong Middle School. He has been teaching at DeLong for 22 years. He is a National Board Certified Educator who has had a positive impact on his students through the years.
DeLong Middle School Principal Dr. Tim O'Reilly made the announcement to a surprised Lars Long. O'Reilly says Long's award was voted on by his peers. Long says its honor to be recognized but adds his goal is to make a difference in his students’ lives.
"The relationships that I make with students. I hope they are much further than DeLong or 7th grade or 8th grade. When I see students outside of school, it doesn't matter if they're a doctor or just drilling wells. It really doesn't matter to me. Are they happy, did I have some type of role in their happiness and making good decisions. And have a positive feeling for education and where they came from, so it makes a big difference to me,” said Long.
"That also reflects in the number of kids that come back and talk to us about I went into science or I went into biology or I'm going into the field of medicine in college because of what I learned in Lars Long's class,” said O’Reilly.
Long and DeLong Middle School will receive a $1,000 grant from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation. Long will get to use $500 to use as Dean of Students.