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Golden Apple Award Winner

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We've all had at least one teacher who made us want to learn more. Maybe it's their personality, teaching style or passion that can't help but rub off on others. That's the case for one Mankato music teacher; this week's Golden Apple Award winner.

"Can you sing it for me?" Music Teacher Julie Aune asks.

It's a request fifth grader Sarah Leonard jumps at if it means singing with her favorite teacher.

"She inspires me to sing and she's a really awesome teacher," Washington Elementary Fifth Grader Sarah Leonard said.

Leonard wasn't a fan of music class until falling in tune with Washington Elementary music teacher Mrs. Aune's teaching style six years ago, and it seems she's not the only student following her beat.

"They adore her because she's absolutely passionate about what she does. She loves kids, loves music and loves giving them the joy of loving music," Washington Elementary Principal Will Remmert said.

It could be her fun personality, music choices, or just her infectious smile that has even the little kids singing right along.

"The rewards come from seeing the looks on their faces," Washington Elementary music teacher Julie Aune said.

She's taught in four states and has more than thirty years experience in the classroom. Her love of teaching came from one of her own teachers, an effect she wants to have on others.

"Yeah, I do hope to inspire some," Aune said.

She may not know it, but she already has.

"When I hear her sing, her voice is really good," Leonard said.

"She works hard, she volunteers and does lot so different things within our building, so it's well deserved," Remmert said.

A well deserved award for singing and teaching from her heart.

"I'm really thrilled, honored and humbled," Aune said.

Congratulations to Julie Aune, this week's Golden Apple Award winner.

You can nominate an area educator by clicking on the Golden Apple link on our webpage KEYC.TV. 

We've all had at least one teacher who made us want to learn more. Maybe it's their personality, teaching style or passion that can't help but rub off on others. That's the case for one Mankato music teacher; this week's Golden Apple Award winner.

"Can you sing it for me?" Music Teacher Julie Aune asks.

It's a request fifth grader Sarah Leonard jumps at if it means singing with her favorite teacher.

"She inspires me to sing and she's a really awesome teacher," Washington Elementary Fifth Grader Sarah Leonard said.

Leonard wasn't a fan of music class until falling in tune with Washington Elementary music teacher Mrs. Aune's teaching style six years ago, and it seems she's not the only student following her beat.

"They adore her because she's absolutely passionate about what she does. She loves kids, loves music and loves giving them the joy of loving music," Washington Elementary Principal Will Remmert said.

It could be her fun personality, music choices, or just her infectious smile that has even the little kids singing right along.

"The rewards come from seeing the looks on their faces," Washington Elementary music teacher Julie Aune said.

She's taught in four states and has more than thirty years experience in the classroom. Her love of teaching came from one of her own teachers, an effect she wants to have on others.

"Yeah, I do hope to inspire some," Aune said.

She may not know it, but she already has.

"When I hear her sing, her voice is really good," Leonard said.

"She works hard, she volunteers and does lot so different things within our building, so it's well deserved," Remmert said.

A well deserved award for singing and teaching from her heart.

"I'm really thrilled, honored and humbled," Aune said.

Congratulations to Julie Aune, this week's Golden Apple Award winner.

You can nominate an area educator by clicking on the Golden Apple link on our webpage KEYC.TV.