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. For the next four weeks, we will recognize these Golden Apple Recipients.
Tuesday’s Golden Apple award takes us to Northwoods Elementary School in Eau Claire, where a second grade teacher is honored as the school's Golden Apple recipient.
Northwoods Principal Rob Modjeski announced the good news for second grade teacher Michelle Hrudka.
Hrudka has been teaching at Northwoods for the past eight years, and she says she loves coming to work because her students are excited to learn every day.
"I love it. I call it the sweet spot because they are still young, but they are a little bit more independent that kindergartners. And they are excited about everything and very enthusiastic and they give you so much love, and you learn just as much from them as you teach them, so I'm learning every day too, and I love the enthusiasm, and the energy,” said Hrudka.
"Teachers make the weather in their classrooms, and that's basically to say that the atmosphere and in Michelle's classroom it's a warm and sunny day each and every day. She's selfless, she's a leader in our school,” said Modjeski.
Hrudka and Northwoods Elementary will receive a $1,000 grant from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation. Hrudka will get to use $500 for her classroom.