WELLS, MN - It's story time in Mrs. Beyer's classroom at United South Central Elementary, but rather than just flat out reading to her students, she asks them questions about the book.

3rd Grade Teacher Abby Beyer asks, "Do you think this is a real picture or just in his imagination?"

This is just one of the many ways Mrs. Beyer likes to engage with her students.
 
"I guess my philosophy would be to reach every kid wherever they're at, wherever they come into my room.  I just want to make sure that all of their needs are met both emotionally, academically, socially, in all of those ways." Beyer said.

Parents marvel at her amazing ability to relate to her class.

"I remember what it was like to be a 3rd grader.  So I feel like I want to reach the kid that I was, sitting in class." She said.

Mrs. Beyer always makes her students a priority.  She even scheduled her wedding and honeymoon so that she wouldn't miss any time in the classroom.
 
School Principal Tracey Magnuson said, "Mrs. Beyer is an amazing teacher.  She has a way of reaching each kid.  She looks at them, she gets to their level.  She has challenging students.  We all do, but Abby has a way of making them feel welcome, they're encouraged.  They know they can be successful here and she lets them experience success."

Even before the school year started, many future 3rd graders were hoping to end up in Mrs. Beyer's classroom.

"They were excited when they got their back to school letters, that they found out they got Mrs. Beyer.  She's just a wonder.  She's a treasure for us." Magnuson said.

Congratulations to Abby Beyer for winning the Golden Apple!

"I was not expecting it and I feel very honored to be able to receive this award." Beyer said.