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Students share joy with Golden Apple Award recipients

Kindergarten teacher April Moran receives a hug from a student after being announced as a Golden Apple Award recipient Feb. 7, 2018, at the Cormier Early Learning Center in Ashwaubenon. (WLUK/Donna Fischer)

(WLUK) -- It's always a good day at work when you're surprised with an award.

It was that kind of afternoon for April White, a third grade teacher at Suamico Elementary School and one of this year's Golden Apple instructors.

  • Click here to see a full list of this year's Golden Apple Award recipients

"This truly is for every student that walks through these doors and I'm so happy and so proud to represent them," White said.

The students were proud of their teacher, too, and practically knocked her over with hugs of congratulations.

At Pulaski High school, we found Liz Moehr.

She is a family and consumer science instructor, who wiped away tears of joy.

She has all the right ingredients to make an impact on her students.

"I hope they get life skills they can take with them. Even if they don't go into the food service industry, I still want them to take the teamwork skills, the literacy skills, the math skills, so they can apply it to whatever they're doing," Moehr said.

At the Cormier Early Learning Center we caught up with April Moran.

She teaches kindergarten and was so excited, she could hardly speak.

"Wow, Wow. Wow. I'm in a room full of people that I love. Kids that bring so much joy to me. So I'm speechless. Really. It's amazing. Wow," Moran said.

Her students were eager to check out her award that shines a positive spotlight on her profession.

And finally, we go to Preble High School, where we found Larry Laraby.

He's an alternative education instructor who was shocked when he saw a packed room, ready to help him celebrate.

For him, 20 years of teaching has been a joy.

"It's a love story. I knew I wanted to teach when I graduated from high school because I had some teachers that were significant and phenomenal and probably saved my life," Laraby said.

That's what he's doing now for some of his students.

It was a day of hugs, smiles, and pictures, celebrating some of the outstanding instruction going on in the classroom, in our area, every day.

FOX 11's Tom Milbourn, Michelle Melby and Mike Murad kicked off the nomination period for the 25th annual Golden Apple Awards in September. Nominees were announced in January, and the Teachers of Distinction were named later in the month.

The full list of recipients was announced in February.

This year's Golden Apple Awards ceremony is set for April 18. It will be broadcast at 6 p.m. April 19 on CW 14 and at 6 p.m. April 22 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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