Quincy (WGEM) — A Quincy teacher was awarded the WGEM Golden Apple Award for January.
Julie Radel is a second-grade teacher at Quincy’s St. Francis School.
A native of the Tri-States, Radel is in her 27th year teaching at area schools. She taught at everywhere from Liberty to Quincy Public Schools and now St. Francis.
“Truly gifted” and “quite magical” are just some of the ways parents of Radel’s students describe her teaching.
Her students seem to agree.
“She’s a really good teacher,” second-grader Reese Meehan said.”
“She’s fun,” student Dylan Fischer said.
“She plays with us and takes us outside to play,” Grady St. John added.
“I love working with children. It’s a new adventure every year,” Radel said.
Principal Lori Shepard said Radel is one of those teachers every principal loves to have in their school.
“She really volunteers her time in any way, shape, or form she can to make our school better,” Shepard said.
Those around Radel say she has an innate ability to reach her kids and create a lasting impact.
“She makes me feel happy,” second-grade student Vaylea Peters said.
“I try very hard to make them feel valued and special as a person,” Radel explained.
“She’s very sensitive to their individual needs,” Shepard said. “If a child is not meeting those benchmarks or expectations she recognizes that immediately and offers intervention help. Anything she can do to bring them along and everyone is successful.”
Radel said helping kids succeed, in and out of the classroom, is her dream come true.
“I’m just honored that I have a part in their lives and I try to do everything possible to make them well rounded little people,” Radel said.