Our Golden Apple Award winner is a teacher who has a reputation for being fair. Elizabeth Escobar says she wants all her students to succeed.
Elizabeth loves her job. She's been a teacher at School Number 30 for five years. "I have 17 kids. Literally 17 kids and all of them deserve everything that I have and I put 110% into my job. So I love every single one of them."
6th grader Jada Ervin says her favorite teacher cares deeply for each of her students. "It's wonderful being in her classroom because she does great things for us. She tries to make everything possible for us and make learning fun."
Principal Petrina Johnson says Mrs. Escobar never gives up. "Like when her students are having difficulty learning she comes in with another plan and then another plan. She's constantly trying to find ways to help her students feel comfortable at school and also help them meet the standards."
Elizabeth says helping her students succeed is rewarding, but so are all the other benefits of being a teacher. "I love seeing all their fun loving faces. Every day is different. Their jokes, their hugs. I get everything."
Elizabeth Escobar is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. You can read Jada's letter nominating Mrs. Escobar below.
Dear Channel 8,
My teacher Mrs. Escobar is a great teacher. I know I have not been in her class for long but I know about her because of my sister Jovanna. When Jovanna came home she would tell me all these great things they did in class, like talking about things in the past and drawing and looking stuff up. So I couldn't wait to get to sixth grade and be in her class room.
If we don't understand something she doesn't move on until everybody in the class gets it. Another thing my teacher does is play with us. Because we are sixth graders and we like to play before we move on to a High School.
Mrs. Escobar doesn't want any kid left behind. Before we take a quiz she gives us home work on that session, and before we start the quiz she does a quick review with us.
My teacher has been teaching at our school for five years now. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with her masters in Childhood Literacy. She told us all we will have fun this semester. And she believes that appropriate student behavior is critical to a positive learning environment.
If there's something you really like in a subject she will spend more time with you to help you achieve your goals. And if you need more time to do the work she gives you two or three days to turn the work in to her.
Mrs. Escobar is one of the best teachers you can have, that's my opinion and classmates. To make everything fair, when we play games we vote on which games to play, that way nobody can say they're a teachers pet. Also, we tell jokes at the end of the day and everybody takes a guess before the joke is reveled. I love my teacher, not only because she's fun but because she take her time with us.
Jada Ervin, 6th Grader, RCSD School No.30