Putnam Heights teacher honored with Golden Apple Award

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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.

Consistency in the classroom is an important tool in learning and tonight we check out Putnam Heights Elementary School in Eau Claire where the Golden Apple Award recipient is providing her students with a double dose of her teaching abilities.

Melissa Greer is Tuesday’s Golden Apple Award recipient. She teaches students in back-to-back years at Putnam. Greer starts out with kids in fourth grade and keeps them all the way through fifth. Greer says it's amazing the relationships they are able to build with her students and their families.

"We were really able to hit the ground rolling with learning right away; the kids come in knowing my expectations, they know how things run in my classroom, parents feel the same way. And, so we are really able to get working right off the bat and I also noticed a huge difference in the peer relationships the second year. They're so accepting of each other's differences, it really is a family feel,” said Greer.

"When students are engaged and students are excited about the learning that's when the most learning happens and ultimately that's our jobs. So, it's very important in the classroom to have a teacher like Melissa who is excited about what the kids are doing,” said Kim Koller, Putnam Heights Elementary principal.

Greer and Putnam Heights Elementary School will receive a $1,000 grant from Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, and Greer will get to use $500 to use in her classroom.

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