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Palmyra teacher honored with WGEM Golden Apple Award


PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM)  --  A Palmyra teacher is taking a creative approach in the classroom that's making a big impression on her students.

Jayme Geisendorfer is rehearsing with her 7th and 8th grade drama students for this semester's play.  Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Suess style. 

"It's crazy sets and costumes and everything rhymes but it's still has the story of Romeo and Juliet and the kids have been doing wonderful," Geisendorfer said.

Little did "Ms. G" know, as the kids call her, that WGEM was about to interrupt her rehearsal to present her with a 2013 Golden Apple award.

Ms. Geisendorfer has been teacher at Palmyra Middle School for three years.  Not only does she teach drama, she also teaches 8th grade English.  And while she may not have decades of experience, she's leaving a big impression on her students.  Especially when it comes to her creative approach in the classroom and on the stage.

Kenna Obert is one of Geisendorfer's 8th grade students.

"I've never been one for sports and last year I was in my first play and she helped me get over my stage fright.  I had been in a lot of talent shows and I didn't know how to do it and because of her and all the practice she gave me I can finally do it," Obert said.

Peyton Plunkett is also one of Ms. Geisendorfer's students.  He says, "She gets a lot of fun stuff to do in the classroom and she comes up with it herself."

From designing a unique classroom to get the kids excited about English, to writing to soldiers serving overseas, Ms. Geisendorfer does what she can to keep her kids engaged.

"I think reading and writing gets a bad wrap as something that's boring and it can't be fun.  So it's important for kids to learn that it is fun and when they grow up they'll want to be the best reader and writer they can be."

And it's her students that inspire her every day.

"I couldn't ask for a better group of students each and every year.  I think Palmyra is a great school.  They bring up a very family oriented group of students.  We not only care about learning but we care about each other."

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