Our News 8 Golden Golden Award winner is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet. And it's clear, this teacher loves her job. We surprise Mrs. PJ, Katie Paxton-Johnson, at Quest Elementary in Hilton.
While we hid with families from Katie Paxton-Johnson's class in the music room at Quest Elementary I asked kids what she was like? The words they used makes it clear she's loved. Friendly. Awesome. She's always creative. Amazing. She's kind. Really good.
We surprised Mrs. PJ when she came to get her class. "I feel like the luckiest person on earth to be doing what I'm doing every day " she said. "I really appreciate it. And I love you all."
Parents say love is what Mrs. PJ teaches with every day. Laurie VanAuken's son is in the class. "And it is in everything she does from her organized lesson plans. To how she talks and respects students, how she encourages their learning. How she gets them excited about learning."
Katie's says "I try to get to know each kid individually and teach to the individual. Because I think that if I have those relationships with the kids that you can make a lot more growth."
Mrs. PJ has been a teacher since 1996 and says she still loves coming to work. "It's a real honor to be able to get paid to do something I love everyday. And it really is my passion. so. When I'm teaching I feel that is my calling and that's what I'm meant to be doing everyday. Really touching base and connecting with the kids individually each day."
Katie Paxton-Johnson is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. You can read the letter we received nominating her if you look below.
Dear News 8,
The students in Mrs. Paxton-Johnson's elementary class nominate her for the Channel 8's Golden Apple Award. Their reasons? Mrs. PJ "makes each of us feel special," "she is wise," "she makes multiplication fun" "she makes us laugh," "loves reading," and "she helps students without judging them."
In the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, Mrs. PJ sent parents this message:.
"The unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook has prompted me to send you an e-mail. I have two main things on my mind this weekend-my family and my students. I want to assure you that we take time throughout the school day to listen to each other and appreciate the little things. We laugh and enjoy simple things like good books, fresh air at recess, and the stories we have to tell. All children are valued. I love each and every one of your children. I will do everything in my power to keep them safe while they are at school... Please know that I am thinking of you and your children this weekend. Love, Katie Paxton-Johnson"
Love. Love is how Mrs. PJ teaches and inspires our children. Students leave Mrs. PJ's room each day feeling loved and safe. This love inspires each student to his or her personal best. Says one student, "When I remember Quest 20 years from now, I will remember Mrs. P.J. because she pushes me to be a better student; she really cares."
Many teachers walk the extra mile. Mrs. PJ runs the extra marathon!
On behalf of Mrs. PJ's entire class