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Patti Pawluk, Plank Road North School

Meet our newest Golden Apple Award Winner.
There are heavy hearts at the Plank Road North School in Webster.  A beloved teacher is leaving. But parents wanted to make sure Patti Pawluk had a Golden Apple Award before she said goodbye.

There's really a sense of family in Mrs. Pawluk's classroom. And parents had a sense of urgency to honor Patti because she's moving out of state with her family before the end of the year. Liz Pascuzzi says it was easy to get other parents to nominate Patti a golden Apple Award. "They know she believes in each of our kids. And our kids all feel like they really belong. And we're gonna so miss her next year."

Patti says "I love my job and I fell very fortunate to do it. So it's kind of hard to leave. But leaving with some good love and support is great.  That's the way to go."

Here are the six nominating letters we received nominated Patti Pawluk for a Golden Apple Award.


Dear News 8,

Mrs. Pawluk is a really, really, really great teacher and I'm not the only one who thinks so - all my classmates think so, too! I am also nominating her because she is moving and I cannot be with her the whole year. I'm going to miss her a lot. I will miss playing games with her and getting taught by her. She turns every boring lesson into a fun lesson. Before she leaves, I want her to know how much everyone will miss her. Thank you for considering our teacher for the Golden Apple Award!  Mrs. Pawluk will be moving south to be with her husband who has been relocated. Her last day is MAY 15th.


Sincerely,
The Pascuzzi Family


Dear News 8,

Patti Pawluk is a teacher who exemplifies her profession. She educates and encourages each child to do their best, she manages her classroom with respect and authority where rules are followed but creativity and fun are never stifled, and she is compassionate and supportive of a child’s overall wellness. She is a teacher who connects with kids and parents. I believe she makes each child feel unique and welcome, and the kids respond to her enthusiasm and positive attitude. She is the teacher who my 5th grade daughter still wants to go back and visit. And if we see her in and around town, she never hesitates to say Hi and ask how things are going. Her kids love learning and a visit to her classroom will make you understand that she loves teaching. She is not only a good teacher but a great person. Patti deserves praise for the quality of her teaching but it is the connections that she makes to the student's heart that will never be forgotten. And it is this connection that pushes many kids to excel and grow in their learning. She truly makes learning fun!

Sincerely,
The Rigatti Family



Dear News 8,

Mrs. Pawluk has a unique way of connecting with each child in the class and teaching to them specifically to meet their individual needs. She pushes children to meet their potential without frustrating or discouraging them. And she always does so with a smile on her face and in a nurturing way. She is amazing, and I wish all of my children could have her as a teacher for their entire school careers! She will also be moving away mid-May and she will be sorely missed as she has been a pillar to the school community for many years. It would be fabulous to recognize her efforts and continued commitment to the Webster community and children prior to her departure!

Sincerely,
The Buttles Family


Dear News 8,

I think Mrs. Pawluk should win this award, because she is really nice and a good teacher. She takes us out to the big playground at recess. She is really kind. She helps us a lot, until we get it and know how to do it. She does a lot of fun stuff too. We have pajama day, her husband came in and we carved pumpkins, and we do a lot of art projects. At our 2nd grade roller skating party, she even put on roller skates and skated with the kids! At the book fair, she wanted to spend her own money to cover for the kids if they didn't have enough to buy a book. She gives the kids pretzels rods, if they get hungry and didn't bring a snack. I like when she talks about her family, because I like to get to know about her.
Mrs. Pawluk is moving to North Carolina and I am sad that she will be leaving. She is so nice!

Sincerely,
The Fitzsimmons Family


Dear News 8,

I am submitting this nomination on behalf of Leah Marcell who is a student in Mrs. Pawluk's 2nd grade class. Mrs. Pawluk will be leaving on May 15th to relocate to North Carolina. The parents would like to surprise Mrs. Pawluk with the Golden Apple Award. Each parent is asking their child what they love most about Mrs. Pawluk. When asked, Leah responded with "What I love about Mrs. Pawluk is how thoughtful she is. She thinks about all her students and others." Mrs. Pawluk is truly a dedicated and wonderful teacher. Leah has really grown this year due to Mrs. Pawluk's talent and compassion. Mrs. Pawluk will be greatly missed by her students and the community. She is extremely deserving of this award.

Sincerely,
The Marcell Family


Dear News 8,

Mrs. Pawluk encompasses all the components of a stellar teacher deserving this award. Her first priority is always what is best for the students, academically, socially and emotionally. I know this because she is both a colleague and has been the educator for my son, Anthony, for 2 years when she looped from second to third and currently, for my daughter, Ava in second grade. She is a team player within her professional community; she is open minded to the ever changing educational system and constantly working to grow professionally. She is an excellent communicator and families feel welcome in her classroom. Patti does this all with a warm heart, patience, kindness and, always, a smile. Both my children are better students and people for having been in her classroom's nurturing environment.

Sincerely,

The West Family
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