Rich Thompson is an associate professor of Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music, but he has also been a teacher at Burger Middle School in Henrietta for 28 years.
Claudia Montecalvo was inspired to become a teacher by her 3rd grade teacher.
Fourth grade teacher Stephanie DePaul-Pragel was nominated by a little girl who says her classroom feels like family.
Colleen Widrick was nominated by a young man who used only three words in his letter to News 8.
We celebrate a veteran who teaches other veterans.
There is no greater compliment than a thank-you from a co-worker for a job well done.
Dr. Trista Merrill is credited with helping an Ontario County woman to find the time and nerve to get her college degree.
Diana Pogoda is a teacher who knows you need to work hard to achieve your goals.
Nicholas Ballou is a teacher that values the lifelong relationships he creates with his students.
This week's Golden Apple Award winner is 2nd grade teacher Bruce Finch. A former student came home from college to surprise him.
Mark Luxemberg has been inspiring students at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School for 13 years.
At the end of the school year we celebrate our News 8 Golden Apple Award winners! These teachers are the best of the best. Here's the story from Ward's Natural Science in Henrietta.
This is our final News 8 Golden Apple surprise of the school year. We want you to meet Jennifer Marren. This Penfield High School Teacher exemplifies what true love really is, when you put others before yourself.
Everyone at McQuaid Jesuit High School calls Gena Stoll-Ewart "Frau" which means Mrs. in German. Frau is being honored for her excellence in the classroom and her kindness outside school.
Tonight we want you to meet one of the calmest educators we've ever come across. That makes Meagan Harris perfectly suited to be a Special Education Teacher at Rochester's School of the Arts.
News 8 has been honoring local teachers for 13 years. This week we're honoring Stephanie Scism from Monroe 1 One BOCES. Stephanie is a teacher with a can do attitude and she has good news to report.
This is a special story that really captures the spirit of what a News 8 Golden Apple Award is all about. We go to Rochester School No.33 to honor First Grade Teacher Julie Grantham.
Our News 8 Golden Apple Award winner turned the tables on us. Ruth Moss-Clark surprised us on our way to surprise her at Rochester School No.50.
Kevin Doran went to Caledonia-Mumford Middle School to surprise math teacher Bette Amico.
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.
There's a dynamic duo working at School No. 29 in Rochester. Social Worker Anissa Libardi and her therapy dog Indigo help students who have more challenges than most. And we surprise them with a News 8 Golden Apple Award.
Our News 8 Golden Apple Award winner has given hundreds of students in Brockport their foundation for a lifetime of learning. We surprise Universal Pre-K teacher Ann Lee Walker at the Ginther School.
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.
Super heroes come in all shapes and sizes. We found one teaching at Jefferson Road School in Pittsford. Kristen Malone gets a News 8 Golden Apple Award.
You are never too old to learn. And our News 8 Golden Apple Award winner proves that every day. We surprise Janet DeBack at the Leroy Village Green Nursing Home.
Teachers motivate kids in many ways. Alison Skvarla uses her passion for music with kids at Flower City School Number 54. Here's our News 8 Golden Apple surprise.
Three times the fun with this Golden Apple Award. The Torres triplets asked us to surprise their First Grade Teacher Rita Tederous at the Charles Finney School in Penfield.
He's a cop, a teacher and a Golden Apple Award winner! We surprise Rochester Police Officer Dom Paz at the Everest Institute.
Tonight we give a Golden Apple Award to a woman who is a great teacher of future teachers. Kathleen Chambers teaches first grade at Lincoln Elementary in Newark.
Our Golden Apple Award winner is well known in the Holley School District. Teaching Assistant Angie Davis has a gift for helping students who sometimes feel misunderstood.
The young lady who nominated this News 8 Golden Apple Award winner was admittedly not a big fan of going to Hilton High School, that is until she met Joelle Cain. Here's our teacher surprise.
Tonight's Golden Apple nomination came from a young lady who sees firsthand how hard teacher's work outside of school. This week Kevin Doran surprises Heather Kerr from the Universal Pre-K program at Midlakes Primary School.
A student from TC Armstrong Middle School in the Wayne Central School District wanted to give her favorite teacher a Golden Apple Award and she had a great idea about how to do it. Tonight, Kevin Doran honors Erin Lincoln.
We really pulled off a great Golden Apple surprise this week. Kevin Doran snuck up on Antonio Selvaggio right in the middle of a school-wide assembly. Here's the story from Leary Elementary in Rush.
Our Golden Apple Award winner is a teacher who definitely does not like surprises. So of course we had to go to the Mount Morris Career and Tech Center to honor Olie Olson.
Christina Coccia is uniquely qualified to teach at Hillside Family of Agencies' Halpern Educational Center. But we wanted to surprise her with a News 8 Golden Apple Award simply because she makes a young man very happy.
This Golden Apple Award goes to a very special teacher from Victor. Eight students signed the letter nominating Kimberly O'Rourke.
Our Golden Apple Award winner tells his students he loves them every day. And that's just one of the reasons we're honoring Dwayne Cerbone from Pittsford Sutherland High School.
Our Golden Apple Award winner is a remarkable young woman. She isn't your typical teacher, but Tiffany Alston-Morgan has a gift for helping students in the ABC Focus program get their GED's.
Can you remember a time when a trip to the Assistant Principal's office meant you were in trouble? That's not the case at Rochester's Wilson Magnet High School where kids can't wait to see Lisa Traficante-Loncao. One of them nominated her for a Golden Apple Award.