WLOX Honors First Golden Apple Award Winner

Pamela Datlof's enthusiasm in the classroom is very catchy. She's been teaching for 22 years. This is her second year as a gifted teacher at Three Rivers Elementary in Harrison County.

Pamela Datlof said "I've always known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was in second grade. I became a part of the gifted program in North Carolina and I felt I had a calling to reach out to kids of all ages".

Mrs. Datlof enjoys showing her students how to turn junk into creative projects and she challenges them to stretch their brains.

Datlof said "That's what I want, for the kids to understand that it's o-k to be smart. It's great!  Just keep reaching, let's keep learning how to think in different ways, and think out of the box".

Nine year old David Fertitta says Mrs. Datlof is the reason he looks forward to going to school every day. That's why his mom nominated Mrs. Datlof for the Golden Apple Award.

David Fertitta said "We're never bored. We get to do a lot of fun stuff. I told my mom that Mrs. Datloff had a lot of talent, and she can really make people happy".

So on Friday, I dropped by Mrs. Datloff's class and surprised her with the first Golden Apple Award.

Datlof said "I was shocked. I think it's just an award each day to be able to come and work with the kids, 'cause I love these kids".

Mrs. Datlof is now in the running for the "Teacher of the Year" award. The winner will be announced in May.