Algebra 2 teacher wins Golden Apple Award

Algebra 2 teacher Kenzie Sanchez received the Golden Apple Award May 22. Students vote on which teachers they want to receive Golden Apples, so the award is a personal recognition of a teacher’s skills. The award was presented to Sanchez during second period by principal Steve Ramsey and assistant principals Paul Cooley, Bryan Shippey and Casey Ryan.

“This is so great,” Sanchez said. “The end of the year is so tough, so this is a great affirmation to just keep going.”

Sanchez has worked hard to foster positive learning in her classroom — something which is not lost among her students.

“Mrs. Sanchez is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had,” sophomore Seona Helmi said. “She created a loving, creative and relaxed environment. I truly loved my time with her and have no idea how I’ll survive Pre-Cal without her.”

Other students express similar sadness in having to leave Sanchez at the end of the year.

“I want her as my math teacher next year, but no matter how many times I’ve asked her, she says she’s staying in Algebra 2,” sophomore Meghan Meserole said. “She is an amazing teacher who is easy to talk to and ask questions.”

Other than being a great math teacher, students say she goes above and beyond in her job by reaching out to students on a personal level.

“Mrs. Sanchez is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and not just for math,” sophomore Georgia Moreland said. “She’s thoughtful, understanding and listens to all of my questions. She’s the main reason why I’m passing Algebra, and I’m going to miss her next year.”

However, students know that they are always welcome back in her classroom.

“I’m really going to miss her,” Meserole said. “But I know I’ll still be able to stop by and say hi.”