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4/5/2013 10:00:00 PM
TEACHING MOMENT: Granite Mountain instructor receives Silver Apple award
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierGranite Mountain Middle School teacher Alvina Green gets a hug from her daughter Casey Friday afternoon after being given the Silver Apple award for being an outstanding teacher who has made a difference in the lives of students.
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Granite Mountain Middle School teacher Alvina Green gets a hug from her daughter Casey Friday afternoon after being given the Silver Apple award for being an outstanding teacher who has made a difference in the lives of students.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

When her name was announced, Granite Mountain Middle School math teacher Alvina Green remained in the bleachers for a moment, looked at her students in surprise and then walked onto the gym floor, where 3TV's Christina Duggan presented her with the television station's Silver Apple award Friday.

Phoenix television station 3TV (KTVK) created the Silver Apple Award in 1991 to recognize outstanding K-12 teachers who make a difference in their students' lives. Each year, students nominate hundreds of teachers; a panel of educators and community leaders chooses eight winners; and 3TV and Ace Air present them with the trophy and $500 to use in their classroom.

"(Green) is one of those dynamic teachers who has a whole repertoire of strategies," Principal Stephanie Hillig said. "If a student is exceeding, she pushes them further, but she also takes those kids who are struggling with the curriculum and finds different ways to teach them."

Whether it's using a computer-based program to help students, or making videos of math concepts, Green meets "the needs of every single student," Hillig said.

Green also updates parents on their child's progress, and opens her room to all students for math tutoring before and after school, Hillig said.

"She is so deserving of this award," Hillig said. "She is the true heart of Granite Mountain."

Green is the school's athletic director, National Junior Honor Society adviser, and a 1999 nominee for Yavapai County Outstanding First Year Teacher.

"We have a lot of great teachers in PUSD, and Alvina's one of the best," Prescott Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Joe Howard said. "She goes above and beyond, she's involved in so much, and she's one of those people who is constantly improving her instruction."

When Duggan of 3TV walked in with a cameraman, students in the gym started clapping.

"We are here today because one of your teachers is a winner of our Silver Apple award," Duggan said. "We only honor eight teachers every year and she is one."

As students stomped on the bleachers and cheered, staff members wearing green T-shirts with math symbols that spelled out "That's right, I'm smart" clapped, and Green stepped forward to receive her award.

Analizeth Aranda, the seventh-grader who nominated Green, stood beside her teacher during the assembly.

"I thought of Mrs. Green, because she explains everything really well and is really nice," Analizeth said. "I was happy to have a teacher who actually taught me instead of just giving us homework."

After Duggan gave Green her award, Briana Kelly from Ace Air presented her a $500 check for her classroom.

"I don't know what to say," Green said. "I'm very honored."

Green said she was surprised about the award and is committed to doing everything she can "to help our kids."

Local teachers who have won the Silver Apple Award over the years include Roberta Schamber, Sharon Zimmer, Liz Williams, JoAnn Huenergardt, Cindi LaBash and Brian Moore.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Article comment by: Vicki Dendy

Larry Aker also received the Silver Apple Award while teaching at Abia Judd School in the 1990's.

Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Article comment by: G C

I believe you should add Kay Steward to the list of former Silver Apple winners from the area. She was a teacher at Taylor Hicks School in the mid 90's.

Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Bravo Ms. Green!. I was lucky to be there on Friday. The kids really were "stoked". Having been a substitute for Mrs. Green , I can say she is one of the best at leaving detailed plans for being gone. She also has duties after school as monitor for after school bus stop duty. PUSD has great teachers and none of them are in it for the money folks. Let's get behind our school teachers and let our legislators know how much they need to be rewarded.

Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Article comment by: K Simpson

Well done! Congratulations.

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