Hannibal High School’s Stacey Graves was awarded the September WGEM Golden Apple award. She teaches science to juniors and seniors.
“It’s a love, I’m telling you,” Graves said. “There’s nothing better than working with students.”
For 37 years, Graves has taught for the Hannibal School District. She retired in 2010, but returned to the classroom part-time to teach science because she missed it.
“You are not going to get rich teaching, but you are certainly going to get so much more,” Graves said.
Graves’ students say they’ve gotten a whole lot from her too.
Senior Meghan Malone, who nominated Graves for the Golden Apple award, wanted to be an accountant before taking her class. She now plans to go to college and become an anatomy teacher herself.
“She’s just a really big influence not just on me but on everyone else in the class, and you can just kind of tell the energy in the class.. It’s energetic and fun,” Malone said.
With her passion and humor, Superintendent Susan Johnson says Graves makes learning fun, but also takes the time to get to know her students.
“It’s not unusual to see her at sporting events or academic events or things even outside of school,” Johnson said.
“Anytime you need her she’s right there. She answers just like that.”
It’s that dedication to others that Graves’ says she wants to pass along to her students.
“We are here for each other. I think that’s the most important thing you can teach a kid. Reach out your own comfort zone, reach out behind yourself and do for others,” Graves said.