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Golden Apple Award Winner: Heather Jo Bailey, Lincoln Intermediate School

“I like to think that energy is transferable, and so if I’m energetic about math I can maybe transfer that energy into them and show them it has value for them in the future.”

Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 10:15 AM
Updated: Apr. 11, 2018 10:37 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Mrs. Heather Jo Bailey at Lincoln Intermediate School can't help but be a little bubbly while teaching.
“I like to think that energy is transferable, and so if I’m energetic about math I can maybe transfer that energy into them and show them it has value for them in the future,” Bailey said.
When she found out that energy and making learning fun had won her this week's Golden Apple Award she lit up. Her student, Grace Bryant, nominated her.
“She came into my room not liking math at all. She was good at it, but not liking it. When she told me the reason she nominated me because I made math fun for her ... that's the goal, that's the goal,” Bailey said.
“I wanted to nominate Mrs. Bailey because she's really good at teaching math. She makes it really relatable. Some kids don't want to use math at all because their teachers are boring and won't think they'll use it in life,” Bryant said.
For Bailey, that's amazing to hear.
“Look at the way our society is heading. There's more and more jobs that require math skills, and personal finance is a personal torch I want to carry because it's so important to have responsible financially literate students,” Bailey said.

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