MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- We continue our rich tradition of honoring area educators for their work and dedication in the classroom with our WGEM Golden Apple awards. We begin in Macomb with a very special teacher who's spent nearly three decades using creative techniques to keep her students engaged.
First grade teacher Charlotte Lowderman was completely surprised to receive a Golden Apple award.
"I'm overwhelmed. I am. But what a nice honor."
The award brought St. Paul students to their feet. Mrs. Lowderman's had nearly all of them in her own class at one time. She's been teaching for 26 years, 24 right here at St. Paul. And when you walk into Mrs. Lowderman's classroom you immediately see the creative approach she takes with her first graders.
"Welcome to the bat cave."
This units lesson is on bats. But she also teaches a unit on astronauts and after her husband suffered a heart attack in 1994, she designed a lesson around heart health. The kids even get to see a real cow heart to learn about the four chambers of the heart. She does whatever she can to keep her kids engaged.
"I believe if you can turn them on young, you can turn them on to a life or learning. And that's my goal. I want them to love to read forever and you have to have things that spark the interest and this kind of stuff does."
But Mrs. Lowderman says she couldn't do it without the help of her fellow teachers and staff.
"All of the teachers here at this school could have won."
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