Apple for the Teacher

October 23, 2013-Janet Bowman

msbowmancroppedToday’s Apple for the Teacher Award recipient is Janet Bowman from Ithaca High School nominated by several students.

“Though there are many teachers that should be recognized for their excellence, I believe that Janet Bowman is the most deserving. Through her guidance, French has gone from being my most disliked subject to my favorite. I enjoy every second of her class. Every morning, she smiles and greets students as they enter her classroom. She treats us respectfully and only accepts our very best. She provides an energetic educational environment filled with laughter and learning. I really appreciate how encouraging she is when an error is made during class. Thus, she should be celebrated as an excellent teacher.”
Nominated by Lindsey Yuan

“When one looks back at the best teachers that one had, it is always inevitably the class that one enjoyed the most, the class that one was excited for each day. Such a task is difficult for a teacher to accomplish, as the mindset that a student arrives with to school is that of “school sucks.” However, in this case, there is an almost unanimous enjoyment and excitement for French class. Friends of mine have continued to take French class, all because of the empowered and always entertaining Madame Bowman.”
Nominated by Kevin Huang

“Madame Bowman should win the The Apple for the Teacher Award for no reason other than the fact that she is a great teacher. She possesses that intangible quality that sits on the tip of your tongue, but you cannot quite say. Words cannot describe this quality, but for sure, it is not teachable, rather, an instinct and a personality trait which suits her for being a terrific teacher. In addition, she is a selfless grader: stopping at nothing to return tests. It is a great honor to have Madame Bowman as a teacher. Merci!”
Nominated by Hannah Bollinger

“French class was always a terrifying experience for me. I never clearly understood what my teacher was saying and I always get terrified during an oral test. Ironically, French class became the most wonderful time I had last school year, and it’s all because of my French teacher, Madame Bowman. Personally, she was the “French Iron Lady.” Her joyful, funny, tough, and energetic personalities lifted the mood of the class every day. Most importantly, Madam Bowman saw my struggles and was willing to give up her extra time to help me. I will never forget her kindness.”
Nominated by James Haoge Lu

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