Roosevelt teacher honored with Golden Apple Award

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wednesday’s Golden Apple Award takes us to Roosevelt Elementary School for a very deserving teacher who, not only excels in her academic instruction but in exposing her students to real-life experiences including visiting local nursing homes and making cards for cancer patients.

Roosevelt Principal Ben Dallman presented the Golden Apple Award to third grade teacher Jeannie Miller. It was a Golden Apple first for our WEAU camera as we showed up in the middle of a test. For Miller, she took it all in stride and explained to us why it's so important for her third graders to not only work hard in the classroom but to give back to the community.

"Reading and writing and all the academics are really important but I think the things that they do socially and emotionally are what they take with them for life. I think they really enjoy the experiences at the nursing home, I think they enjoy having pen pals, scrapbooks, and just the time we spent together as a class,” said Miller.

"She really shows through example, compassion, grit, empathy. She has gratitude journals that are sent to local cancer wards in Eau Claire. She also teaches our third-grade students to have a student-led veterans program each year. And so she does a lot of things to help kids learn not just the academic side but also all the important things in life too,” said Dallman.

Miller and Roosevelt will each receive $500 from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation to help continue making a difference in the lives of their students.