KEOKUK, IA (WGEM) — The April WGEM Golden Apple Award was given to Myra Thomas of Keokuk High School.
Thomas has taught 16 years in the district.
Her journey to the classroom came via the journalism industry.
“Newspaper editor, did some pr work,” Thomas explained. “I actually even worked in the back.”
Thomas draws on her years in the business to teach her students.
“They know and so they realize oh so you really did go through this, no wonder you are showing us this,” Thomas said.
Besides broadcasting classes and yearbook, Thomas also teaches speech at Keokuk High School. Students say she makes an often stressful and intimidating class enjoyable.
“She let me go at my pace and let me pick topics that I was comfortable with. She helped me out a lot,” senior Victoria Fordham said.
Thomas also brings a sense of humor to that classroom.
“She never fails to make us laugh,” senior Emily Sadeghi said.
“Kind, caring, loving, fun, very funny,” junior Gianna Thomas said.
Laughter and caring, a good recipe for learning.
“Puts us in a better mood, so we do better work,” Sadeghi said.
“She makes sure each and every one of us is ok outside and inside the classroom,” freshman Bella Cruz said.
“If we were having a bad day she would talk to us one on one. We would always come back in smiling, so she did a pretty good job,” Fordham said.