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Teachers surprised with Golden Apple Awards

(WLUK) -- It's always fun when you can give someone a good surprise.

Stephen Engels teaches special education at Southwest High School in Green Bay.

He's been leading classrooms for 14 years.

"I love teaching science and I was given the opportunity at Southwest, to teach students with disabilities, but also to teach science every day. So that's what keeps me coming back every day. The students and the curriculum that I'm teaching,” said Stephen Engels, Golden Apple recipient.

This hour of 9th grade physical science was broken up with pictures, hugs, and a lot of smiles.

Then, at Martin Luther King Elementary school, first-grade teacher, Michelle Flicek, was brought to tears with her award.

"I just---I owe it to the kids. So when they're saying, 'We did it,' we did it! I mean, because they teach me every day. In addition to all of the staff at King school, I mean, I learn from them every single day. So I'm just humbled to get this myself. And I'm so thankful for you guys to do this,” said Michelle Flicek, Golden Apple recipient.

Flicek has been teaching for 17 years.

Plenty of people couldn't wait to congratulate her, give her a hug, and document the moment.

Then it was Renee Stein's turn, to have our cameras and crew interrupt class, and give her the Golden Apple news.

"I'm excited, I'm happy. We work so hard, and try to keep it interesting, and hopefully somewhat exciting. Granted the math can be somewhat dry at times, but we try to do our best and keep it interesting,” said Stein.

Stein has been doing her best at Ashwaubenon high school for ten years.

She's is another example of outstanding teaching.

The Golden Apples program is now in its 24th year.

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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.

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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