Lakeshore literacy coach honored with Golden Apple

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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.

Today, we check in on Lakeshore Elementary School for an individual who is looked upon as a coach for the entire staff.

Linda Brown is a literacy coach at Lakeshore who helps students with their reading and writing skills.

Principal Colleen Miner says it takes a special person to be able to bounce around the school assisting teachers, miner adding that Linda’s organization skills and ability to be flexible makes her such a valuable asset.

"I work with teachers alongside them in the classroom; I also work with small groups of students around targeted instruction with reading and writing. I love the children and I love the people that I work with, the teachers are all very dedicated and work hard to insure that Lakeshore is a safe and positive place to be,” said Brown.

"Teachers welcome her into their room as a coach that can be an intimidating for some teachers when they're working with and she does it seamlessly. The teachers welcome her into the room, she models best practices which they then go an implement,” said Miner.

Brown and Lakeshore Elementary School will receive a $1,000 grant from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, and Brown will get to use $500 of that money to use in the school office.

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