Christine Ward was reading to her students and had no idea what was going on outside her door. Several classes at St. Joseph's quietly came out into the hallway to help us with our Golden Apple surprise. We knocked on her door, burst inside and we all yelled "surprise!"
"You gotta be kidding me. Thank you so much. Thank you," Mrs. Ward said.
Chris was nominated by fellow teacher Valerie Castronova.
"No one deserves this more than she does. She not only takes her students to heart academically, but personally as well. So she touches everyone's life in a most positive way," she said.
This is Chris Ward's 40th year of teaching.
"She's so caring that she looks out for everyone," principal Theresa Hanna said. "This school is a big, gigantic extended family of Mrs. Ward."
"I think we all care here though. That's why we're here, aren't we? Yeah! We're a family, we're a family," she said.
But more than anything, this honor is special for Chris because it comes from someone she works with every day.
"It means the world because she's one of my best friends. Thank you," Chris expressed.
Christine Ward is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. Look below to read the letter Valerie wrote nominating Chris for this honor.
Dear News 8,
Chris has been at our school for 25 plus years. During that time she has been a rock in our school community. She is an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond for each and every one of her students and cares for their academic as well as personal well being. Past students always come back to visit her because she has made such an impact in their lives. But besides being an excellent teacher, Chris has a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. She is the person who people depend on, confide in, laugh and cry with and she never has an unkind word to say about anyone. She is the first one at school every morning and her laughter, kindness, energy and hugs gets our day started. She is also a great asset to our principal helping her with administrative tasks and the daily tasks of running our school. Chris never asks anything for herself but gives tirelessly to other without a second though. I can't think of a more deserving person to receive an award like this to honor her for all of her love and dedication to our school and the many lives that she has touched. She is truly an inspiration to me and every life that she touches.
Valerie Castronova, teacher, St. Joseph School.