October 2012 Winner - Michelle West:(Meridian High School)


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Meridian Star Article

By Terri Ferguson Smith

It's a corny joke but if it gets the attention of high school chemistry students, that's what matters to Meridian High School teacher Michelle West.

West learned Wednesday that she is the Golden Apple Teacher of the Month for October when award sponsors and the media surprised her in her chemistry classroom.

Victor Hubbard, principal of Meridian High School, was very proud of West, who has taught at MHS for 11 years.

"I think this is a great honor to show just how much of an impact that you have made on the lives of children that a student thought enough of you to nominate you for this award," Hubbard said. "You deserve this."

The student who nominated her for the award, Rae Jean Spears, said West is her hero, even if her jokes are a little lame.

"She makes corny jokes, very corny jokes," Spears said.

A teary-eyed West watched with surprise as sponsors presented her with the Golden Apple Award, a check for $300, and a voucher for $1,000 in school supplies.

Michael Reed, owner of Meridian Family of Stations, thanked West for her service to children.