Golden Apple Award 2015: Teresa Stuckey

This is my second year here and I have been teaching for 26 years.

Probably at about eight years old I started playing school. My sister was my first student and I always loved teaching. I was 13 years science and 11 years elementary where I loved teaching U.S. History and decided I had a passion for reading and language arts that I didn’t know I had until then.

And that’s how I ended up back here at the middle school level teaching English and Language Arts.

I had a teacher in high school and it was actually my choir teacher Mrs. Betty Akers and she is retired now. Mrs. Akers spent so much of her time with us outside of school and all the time that she put in and just the amount of time that she spent meant a lot to me.

Another one would be Mr. Ed Beasely who was my physics and advanced math class teacher. He taught us the why behind everything which was something that I needed because I was the kid always asking mom and dad but why? But why? And so he was really good at explaining that.

“It was not a surprise that Teresa Stuckey was a Golden Apple winner, she is a very creative teacher,” explained Susan Mardis, principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle School. “She holds students accountable and has high expectations but also make her classroom fun so to speak that the students enjoy being in there and they are always highly engaged.”

But I have taught with so many teachers that are just amazing that probably should be sitting here being interviewed instead of me, but just some amazing teachers that I have taught with I have gleaned so much from them.

Well the fact that somebody thought enough about our profession, the teaching field to actually nominate me and to say the kind things that were said really means a lot.

It means that what I am doing makes a difference that it is important. I don’t know….I just feel pretty lucky to be a teacher it’s amazing. Yes, it’s challenging. But, I am doing what I love and I just can’t imagine anything else. 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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