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Golden Apple recipient cooks up success with students

Inside Golden Apple recipient Liz Moehr's classroom at Pulaski High School (WLUK image)

PULASKI (WLUK) -- Clearly in all our Golden Apple years, this is not only the best smelling classroom but the tastiest.

"I just can't imagine doing anything else."

That's how Liz Moehr has approached her classrooms at Pulaski High School for the last 16 years.

Moehr hopes students gain the skills that go beyond what the kitchen stills are.

"They're working as a team. They're doing project management. They're doing different math. It applies to their everyday lives." Moehr said.

And her students believe it.

"She will definitely help us through step by step if we don't understand something," student Kayla Ragland said. "And she'll make sure we understand it, so we get the full experience out of that."

The creativity Moehr encourages includes creating students' own food from scratch, such as ice cream.

For student Autumn Wood, Moehr is at the top of her list.

"She's my absolute favorite teacher of all. She cares about you as a person but she's also a great teacher," Wood said.

"When I'm planning the courses and planning what activities they are doing, I want it to be something that A, they can take and be useful and also be able to give them that freedom and creativity because that's what it's going to be like in the real world. What is the best way to measure out flour? By weight," Moehr says.

The flour part of this day's creation is Wisconsin's still-unofficial dessert, the cream puff.

"So you could just go with the traditional whipped cream, or you want to have some fun with it, there are oranges in the fridge. You could use some orange zest," Moehr suggested to a student.

For this Golden Apple teacher, the 80 students she teaches in a day are like family.

"This is my life. My family knows I live and breathe this. They just, they see how much this means to me," Moehr said.

FOX 11's Tom Milbourn, Michelle Melby and Mike Murad kicked off the nomination period for the 25th annual Golden Apple Awards in September. Nominees were announced in January, and the Teachers of Distinction were named later in the month.

The full list of recipients was announced in February.

This year's Golden Apple Awards ceremony is set for April 18. It will be broadcast at 6 p.m. April 19 on CW 14 and at 6 p.m. April 22 on FOX 11.

The Golden Apple Awards are a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, with support from major sponsors.

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