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Team of teachers in Howard-Suamico honored as Golden Apple recipients

The Howard-Suamico School District Gifted and Talented Team celebrate their Golden Apple Awards March 8, 2017. (WLUK/Donna Fischer)

HOWARD-SUAMICO (WLUK) -- A team of teachers in Howard-Suamico say they know they have to challenge the gifted and talented students they work with because they know the students are happy to turn the tables.

"When I was first hired, my boss told me, 'you're going to have to get comfortable being uncomfortable,'" said teacher, Danielle Schuh, at Lineville and Bay View schools.

Schuh says it's not always easy keeping up with students who have a real talent and desire to learn, from elementary through high school.

Brenda Rank, a teacher at Forest Glen and Howard schools said, "Our kids move very fast, learning, things very quickly, so sometimes it's a bit of a challenge to keep them challenged because they are so voracious. They love to learn."

Five teachers make up the team who work with students and other teachers in the Gifted and Talented program.

Together, they have the freedom to push the learning curve, using just about any tool they can think of.

"We decided we were going to do some different workshops, and we actually had them view the movie Twister and then we were going to have them write a sequel to Twister, but it had to be factual, so they had to have the correct terminology and all of that kind of thing," Schuh said.

To make it even more authentic, they Skyped with a stunt double in the movie, and picked the brain of FOX 11 Meteorologist Phil DeCastro.

"I feel like it kind of puts a whole new spin on school and it gives it kind of like something to look forward to. It's not like, 'oh, I got to sit through this long class,' it's like, 'oh, I get to challenge myself,'" said Lineville sixth-grader, Nicholas Powers.

In addition to Rank and Shuh, the Howard-Suamico G-T team includes three other instructors, many of whom also work at multiple schools. Mike Jameson at Bay Port, Lyzette Maroszek at Howard and Meadowbrook, and Nicole Smith at Bay Harbor and Suamico.

"Crazy really at times with our kids, because as Brenda said they're moving at such a fast pace and they're constantly ready for more, and so to stay one step ahead of them is exhausting but it's so much fun," Schuh 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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