Second grade teacher honored with Golden Apple at Sam Davey

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU) -- On April 4, the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation will hold their annual Golden Apple Awards banquet at Wild Ridge Golf Course to honor one educator from each of the 20 public schools in Eau Claire.

Tuesday, we continue our tour of the district with a stop at Sam Davey Elementary School.

William Giese, Sam Davey principal, presented second-grade teacher Rachel Schank with the good news. Schank says she's thrilled to be recognized by her peers, adding it is exciting watching her students grow up over the course of the year.

"Second graders are a unique population; they come to school every day eager to learn. We spend a lot of time learning about reading and writing and social studies, science, all of that. But we also learn about what it means to be a good person and a good citizen. It is an incredible honor, I have dedicated professional teachers that work right next to me every single day and I couldn't do it without the support of a wonderful school,” said Schank.

"She is very much in tune with the needs of her students, turning from concrete learners to abstract learners and starting to understand the world in a more abstract way. And she helps in that transition in understand in what's going on, both emotionally, behaviorally and academically,” said Giese.

Schank and Sam Davey Elementary will receive $1,000 from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, of which Rachel will be able to use $500 to support her classroom activities.