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Golden Apple recipient helps students see math everywhere

Golden Apple recipient, Adrienne Burns, teaches math in her classroom at De Pere Middle School. (WLUK)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- A De Pere teacher is going above and beyond the numbers.

That's what Adrianne Burns has been doing with her 7th graders all around her math classroom at De Pere Middle School for the last 8 years of her now 17-year teaching career.

For Burns and her students, it's all about teamwork.

This Golden Apple recipient is positive about why she does what she does.

"It's really a job of passion," Burns said.

With the focus squarely on her students.

"Whatever those kids need, that becomes my number one job for that child. We need to help them know that they are the best versions of themselves," Burns said. "There's always going to be more you could do better, but look at how awesome you are right now, as you are."

And as she works the room, getting her students to show their work step by step.

Burns has also been known at times to blend her math with music.

"Calculators. They are the key," she said.

And Burns also is in tune with making sure her students understand math is everywhere..

"Believe it or not, I see it in the world in everything we do. It's about noting patterns. It's about looking for connections and to be able to try to build that in my classroom. Help kids see math that way. And I love it," she said.

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FOX 11's Tom Milbourn, Michelle Melby and Mike Murad kicked off the nomination period for the 24th annual Golden Apple Awards in October. Nominees were announced in January. Recipients were surprised with their awards in March.

This year's Golden Apple Awards ceremony is set for April 19. It will be broadcast at 6 p.m. April 20 on CW 14, and 5 p.m. April 23 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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