Locust Lane teacher 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.

We continue our look at the top educators in the Eau Claire School District tonight as our Golden Apple recipient has more than 15 years of experience teaching fourth grade at Locust Lane Elementary School.

Locust Lane Principal Laura Schlichting gave Locust Lane Fourth Grade Teacher Brad Sommer the good news. Sommer has been teaching at Locust Lane for the past 16 years, and during that time, he has partnered with fellow 4th grade instructor and last year's Golden Apple winner Mike Peplinski. Sommer says that consistency has been key in building the trust factor with their students.

"It's kind of a neat thing, Mike and I have been blessed to work so long together and we kind of have the same values and have some of the same goals for the kids so it's a neat teaching partnership,” said Sommer.

"I think what Brad brings is this community feel to Locust Lane. He cares so much for not only the kids but the staff and everyone here and I think one thing is his students feel is that presence that he has if something is wrong they can always talk to him. He's just that person that people want to have their kids in his class and ultimately he's a great teacher and a great person and someone Locust Lane loves to have,” said Peplinski.

Sommer and Locust Lane Elementary School will receive a $1,000 grant from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation. Sommer will get to use $500 to use in his classroom.

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