Canton R-5 kindergarten teacher Julie Lubbert was awarded the WGEM Golden Apple Award for February.
Lubbert has spent all of her nearly 30 year teaching career in Canton. She started with the district in 1994.
Lubbert is currently teaching her kindergarten students in the classroom, but due to the pandemic this year the district has switched between three different modes of learning.
Fellow Canton teacher Brittany Welker has a son named Nolan in Lubbert's class. She says even when he was learning from home Lubbert created a positive environment.
"Today is going to be a good day and today we are all going to learn regardless of where we are at, or how different it looks. Today we are going to learn. I think that has really set her up to be successful, and her students too," Welker explained.
"She's a good teacher. She teaches a lot," kindergarten student McCoy Eisenbeiss said.
"We learn about letters and numbers," kindergartener Alaisha Cramer said.
Lubbert says this year's added challenges are forcing her to learn new things right along with her students.
"I had to switch and change how I was teaching. It was a year of growth even for me. Technology hasn't always been my strong suit, and I learned a lot with them," Lubbert said.
Angie Hultz teaches kindergarten in the classroom next door. She says she's witnessed Lubbert's positive perspective day in and day out for 15 years.
"Everything is always positive, even our rules. Do walk, do be polite and kind. I learned that real positivity with teaching kindergarteners from her," Hultz said.
Lubbert proves a little positivity goes a long way.