Golden Apple Award 2015: Tina Jacks

When I was little I knew I wanted to be a teacher, I wanted to be an educator. And my poor sister and brother, I use to make lessons and worksheets for them on Saturday and we would get up and play school and I had a desk and they had to be my students. So I don’t know that I have ever wanted to be anything else.

Middle school kids are unpredictable and I love that. I love that every day they are spontaneous and they are moody and they are emotional and they are fun.

But, Turkey Run is special. It really is. Our students are special, and our parents are special, and our community is a different place, when you walk into this building you can feel it. It sounds cliché but it’s a family.20150331_092735

“She helps me with a lot of things and I see her help a lot of other students and they come back and they always come to see her and ask her for more questions,” described Atlantis Clendenin, student. “It helps her a lot with our lessons and it helps us see that she helps other kids so we are not afraid to ask her if we need help.”

To have a student take the time and write a letter and talk about what I did in the classroom for her, again I just do this every day. I don’t think about well they are going to remember lesson they are going to remember this moment I just come in a do what I do.

It really means alot that someone would think of me and say I’m going to nominate her for that because she means something to me. There’s so many great educators who don’t have a Golden Apple and so to me to think ‘wow they really saw me as something I do every day’ I don’t know….it’s my gift I guess. I do it every day, I take for granted that this is my passion and this is my love so it still hasn’t sunk in yet that someone said congratulations you are a good teacher.

“She is always looking at the data trying to figure out what can she do to help individual students more and to have that major award is nice from that angle when you are up late at night or you are spending that extra time after school it means a lot to her,” explained Mike Schimpf, principal.


I’m filled with honor that I am representing teachers and I am filled with pride for my school and this community, I love Parke County and I love this community and I love what I do. I am not a rarity there’s a lot of great educators so to be able to have that and represent other educators it’s humbling, it’s humbling. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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