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Golden Apple recipient uses technology to connect students with others

iPads sit quietly in Michelle Flicek's class before students return from recess. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- "Chapter eight, my father meets a gorilla," Michelle Flicek said with a book in hand.

The day's lesson, taught by Flicek, is about paying attention to detail and using technology to share information with others.

"Right now, we're doing a book club where they're talking to first graders across the United States and even into Canada and some other countries," Flicek said.

The first grade teacher at King Elementary in Green Bay says her students use digital platforms to help them learn.

"I think it gives them a really great audience because not only are their peers here every day and they get to see, kind of, what those students are doing," she said.

Her first graders talked about what they enjoy about Flicek's class.

"I like it because we learn and we think about what we need to do," said Janessa Bradford, Flicek's student.

"My teacher lets us do really easy math," said Kazik Janiak, Flicek's student.

Flicek said she likes watching her students develop throughout the school year, "It's one of those vital years. They grow so much in first grade especially with the reading, writing, and math skills."

And, when the time comes for her students move on, she has one last piece of advice.

"Just that believing in yourself and not giving up, I hope that that's just something that they carry with them throughout their whole life," she said.


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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