GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - It's a message all of us could use every once in a while - don't give up. That lesson started young at Chipeta Elementary School, where we find our KREX 5 News Golden Apple Award winner for October.
Ms. Julia Davis is a third grade teacher at Chipeta Elementary School, where she's worked for around a decade. However, her entire teaching career is longer than that. "I stopped counting after a while, but it's been at least 15 or 20 years," said Davis.
Those who see Davis in action on a daily basis said the children respect her, but they also know she has a soft side. "They feel like home once they're in here... The kids just start relying on each other and relying on her, and it's just like a big family," said Sarah Stites, a teacher aide at Chipeta Elementary School.
Davis said she strives to teach her children one lesson above all else. "Build their confidence and their self-esteem, especially those kids who don't necessarily believe in themselves, or that they can do it. So, I really like to teach them that 'I can do it attitude,' and not to give up, to believe in themselves," said Davis.
A lesson one of her students has clearly learned. "It gets harder and harder, but then we keep on trying and don't give up," said Nevaeh Garcia, a third grade student at Chipeta Elementary School in Davis' class.
Even though Davis teaches the students, she said she learns a lot from them. "Actually, they're a role model for me," said Davis.
If you would like to nominate a teacher for our Golden Apple Award in November, visit the Golden Apple tab on our webpage and tell us exactly why that teacher deserves to win.