Apple for the Teacher

October 28, 2013-Sarah Neff

sarahneffcroppedToday’s Apple for the Teacher Award recipient is Sarah Neff from Groton Elementary School nominated by Molly DeMatteo.

I would like to nominate my daughter Emma’s 5th grade math Mrs. Neff for the apple for the teacher award. Math is not her strong subject and in the past she has had a lot of trouble understanding the new core curriculum of math. Last year even though she had a very good teacher she would come home feeling very frustrated, embarrassed and even angry that she didn’t understand her math homework.

This year the math is even more complicated but she is not nearly as frustrated, embarrassed or angry in fact she feels very positive towards math and comes home happy to tell me what they did that day. She feels confident that she is making progress and even when she doesn’t do as well as she would like on a test she is always quick to tell me about what Mrs. Neff pointed out she did right on the test and what she can build on and learn from that test.

Emma has told me several times about the fun they had in math that day and when I ask if she can remember what they were working on or does she just remember the fun she remembers the lesson as well as the fun. I have heard horror stories from other parents about math but we have not experienced that this year and I believe this is due to Mrs. Neff’s fun learning style, unwavering positivity during the lessons and commitment to helping each student reach their full potential even in these challenging core curriculum times.

I am excited to nominate her for the Apple for the Teacher award and hope that you choose her.

Thank You,
Molly DeMatteo