MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Congratulations to our September 2018 Jan Dils' Golden Apple Award Winner: Lori Estes, a 4th Grade teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Marietta!
This is Estes' third year back teaching, after taking 16 years off to be a stay at home mom.
Estes says since she's been back, it feels as if her students are like her own children.
She even refers to them as her "baby cubs."
"My main thing in my classroom is making a difference and anything you can do, collecting pop-tabs or pennies for paws. It doesn't have to be monetary, it can be something as small as a penny or a pop-tab, and how you can make a difference in this world. You know, how can we make it better? Even just with smiles."
To nominate your favorite teacher for a chance to win the next Jan Dils' Golden Apple Award, click the "Jan Dils' Golden Apple Award Nomination Form" link in the "Related Links" section of this story.