New Ulm Teacher Is A Golden Apple Recipient
NEW ULM, MN - Erica Devries, a fourth grade teacher at Saint Anthony's in New Ulm, is this week's Golden Apple winner.
Janelle Kopacek, who nominated Devries said, "I don't know what we would do without her. She's just a great leader for our school, both staff and students."
Devries not only teaches fourth grade, she also started a TV newscast for the school.
"They love it, there are not enough days in a school year to give them as many times as they would like to do it. There's right now 40 kids. I do the schedule and there's 2 kids per day that are doing the show and one student typically is helping do the recording and so my team of students, they're looking for as many turns as they can get. They love it." She said.
If that wasn't enough responsibility, she also leads the school's robotics club. Before she was asked to start the club, she had to learn about programming from scratch.
"You're learning right alongside the kids. They're teaching you a lot as you go. They're motivating you. They're excited. So, it's a lot of fun to learn and show them something new and have them show you new things as well." She said.
Teachers at the school say she will take on any project without a single complaint.
"You know, she's just very humble about all that she does and she never says no, she never takes credit and she's a good example for all of us." Kopacek said.
This humble teacher never in a million years expected to be nominated.
Devries said, "I was shocked, I had no idea this was coming and they totally surprised me. I'm one of those people that like to be in the background. I like to do a lot of things, don't like the recognition, but I was very, very pleasantly surprised."