Golden Apple Awards recipients receive classroom surprise

Ashley Gonwa of Valley View Elementary School in Ashwaubenon is interviewed by FOX 11's Tom MIlbourn. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY - The 2015 Golden Apple Awards presentation begins with a knock on the door.For the 22nd year, a group of Green Bay area teachers received Golden Apples Thursday.FOX 11's Tom Milbourn made surprise classroom visits to a few of this year's recipients.Whether it's a 7th grade West De Pere Language Arts Class or 1st graders at Valley View in Ashwaubenon or juniors and seniors at the CESA 7 Alternative High School, the students all shared in their teachers' recognition.Teachers like Jennifer Parins from CESA 7 Alternative High School, credit the students, "They are here every day. They work really hard and they are so committed and dedicated to their own education."Parins is among a group of five teachers being honored from CESA 7 Alternative High School. Other recipients include Nancy Collins, Amy Daul, Kim Hoffmann and Jessica Sherman.For some teachers, the visit was completely unexpected."I am shocked and surprised right now and emotional. Wow, we're on the news right now, first graders," said Ashley Gonwa, first grade teacher at Valley View Elementary.It was also a touching day for teachers who can live their passion.West De Pere Language Arts Teacher, Angela Kelly says being a teacher is more than just a career, "Because I believe teaching is what I've been born to do and meant to do on this earth. And I just love any age of kids I can share this passion with and help teach them."The Golden Apple Awards are a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, and are sponsored by FOX 11, Associated Bank, Imperial, Humana, Schneider Foundation, Schreiber, The Press-Gazette, and the Shopko Foundation.The Golden Apple Awards banquet is April 22 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. For information on registering to attend the event, call Carina Raddatz at 920-593-3419.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}