Memorial French teacher honored with Golden Apple

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.

Tonight, we continue at Memorial High School and French class.

Memorial Principal Trevor Kohlhepp congratulated French teacher, Celena Smith-Reuter with the Golden Apple Award. Madame Smith-Reuter says learning a second language allows her students the opportunity and many cases the responsibility to use that skill in the future.

"Teaching French is a blast; really, I have so much fun teaching my students. And teaching French allows me to be able to weave language and culture, music, global challenges, just about everything you can imagine in French, in the target language, so it really is fun,” said Smith-Reuter.

"She went away from traditional textbook methods to actually innovating her curriculum to tie things to current events, to newspapers to actually immersing her kids in culture in a different way. And that's become a model for how other teachers throughout the state and throughout the country have begun to innovate in the same way to instruction more relevant,” said Rebecca Neville, E.C. Memorial instructional coach.

Memorial and Smith-Reuter will receive a $1,000 grant from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation and Smith-Reuter will get to use $500 to use in her classroom.

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