We all judge success differently. When you have a child with a disability little achievements mean a lot. That's why we visited Cosgrove Middle School in Spencerport to deliver Golden Apple Awards to a classroom team. Jacqueline Tarnowski, Denice Welch and Peggy Lingeman.
Tyler Daniels is man on a mission to surprise three very special ladies in his life at Cosgrove Middle School. They've each done a lot for Tyler and his family.
Denice Welch is the classroom teacher. Jackie Tarnowski is a Teacher's Aide Peggy Lingeman is Tyler's one on on aide. Working as a team they've given a young man with a learning disability confidence and pride.
They've also given his mom, Mindy, peace of mind. "It's everything. Especially with him because he struggles so much that when he gets the opportunity to grow and bloom and feel so good about himself and the love that he gets there. It just makes my life so much easier."
Mindy says these three educators have achieved big things for Tyler some might consider small. His future is bright because they never give up.
"There is no one teacher in this room" says Denice. "We are all teachers. The kids know that. There is never any differentiation."
Jackie Tarnowski says: "We just feel so good after we help these kids and they learn something and they're happy and it builds confidence, that's all that matters. We're just here for them."
"It's just rewarding" says Peggy. "I don't know what else to say. To help these kids and to have them show love to us, there's nothing like it."
You've heard it takes a village to raise a child. Well, at Cosgrove Middle School it's often a team that helps a child learn.
Congratulations to Jacqueline Tarnowski, Denice Welch and Peggy Lingeman, all are News 8 Golden Apple Award winners. You can read the beautiful letter we received from the Daniels family if you look below.
Dear News 8,
I have listened to letters you have featured during your Golden Apple segment, they feature one specific teacher. This request is different, which actually fits.
My son Tyler is also different, he has a learning disability. This disability forces him to work harder but achievements smaller. Supporting students like Tyler is not just one teacher but a group of teachers and therapists. These teachers develop a daily plan, but the modify that plan for each student. They work to cater to students individual strengths using animation and imagination. These teachers work harder and with endless patience so their students can achieve goals. Goals that would be considered small by some. Along with academics they also teach life skills, helping children work towards a future that is so unknown.
This is Tyler's 3rd year with his teachers, I know with all certainty the bond they make with their students. They open their whole hearts and truly love these kids. With that commitment and love I have watched my son grow into a young man who now has confidence and pride. Tyler is fighting through frustrations to make not only others proud, but himself proud!
On behalf of Tyler, I would like to nominate Mrs. Welch, Mrs. Tarnowski, and Mrs. Lingeman, and the therapists that assist. There are no words to thank them for the love and support they have not only given Tyler but our family. His future is brighter now because they never gave up!!!