Palmyra Middle School teacher Brooke Hudson was awarded the December WGEM Golden Apple Award.
Hudson teaches math. She is in her 21st year teaching.
Hudson says after more than two decades in the classroom, her favorite part about teaching is watching her students learn.
"The connections that you make with students and you can see them grow as individuals," Hudson said.
Gretta Stark was Hudson's student 13 years ago.
"She is very passionate about what she does. She is very caring and takes a lot of pride in her work and attention to detail," Stark said.
Stark says Hudson's combination of nurturing and discipline helped her excel.
Current students say Hudson is having the same impact on them today.
"She does great with students she makes sure you know what you are doing in the class, and if you don't understand it she just knows how to make you understand it," sixth grade student Ryan McKinney said.
"She always just knows what to say," sixth grader Janie Triplett said.
Inspired by Hudson, Stark became a math teacher herself and the two are now co-workers at Palmyra Middle School.
Stark often teaches the students that come out of Hudson's class.
"I can tell that they had Mrs. Hudson because they take the time to write out what they need to write out. They have a lot of respect for their teacher and they have an understanding that we want what's best for them because they can see that through her," Stark said.
Stark says she's still inspired by her everyday.
"I learn to put my students first and I've learned that pride in your work carries through to even when you are a teacher," Stark said.
"It is very humbling and very honoring to see that you've made an impact on one kid," Hudson said.