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Golden Apple Winner!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Golden-Apple Award winner and fifth-grade teacher Joanie Mitchell (back, right) proudly stands with Clay City Elementary School Principal Dorene Kenworthy (back, left) and student Savannah Hogg after receiving the award from WTHI News-10 Anchor Mark Allen earlier Thursday. Hogg was the student who nominated Mitchell for the award. [Order this photo]
Clay City teacher honored

CLAY CITY -- A shocked Clay City Elementary School teacher Joanie Mitchell received WTHI's Golden Apple Award Thursday afternoon as a reward for all her hard work.

It all started when fifth-grader Savannah Hogg decided to nominate Mitchell by filing out a little yellow slip at Applebee's in Terre Haute.

Hogg wrote Mitchell is "nice, hopeful, sweet, never gives up and she is always there to help students when they need her."

From Applebee's, the nominations are sent to WTHI. Nominees go through a long process to become finalists. To win this award, Mitchell had to be nominated by a student or community member. She and two principals each had to write a paper explaining why Mitchell should be chosen.

Principal Dorene Kenworthy said this award is very well deserved.

"I am thrilled for her, her family and our school. We're very proud of her. It's a blessing to know her and talk with her," Kenworthy said.

Before she could become a finalist, Mitchell had to participate in an interview with a representative from WTHI.

Hogg found out Mitchell was a finalist two weeks ago, but didn't even tell her own mother.

"I erased the phone number from the caller ID and everything. It was so hard not to say anything," Hogg said.

Mitchell was told she would find out if she won by Wednesday, March 16, and when she didn't hear anything from WTHI, she started criticizing all the things she hadn't done, only to be completely surprised to receive the award today.

"I was shocked because yesterday she said she didn't win, and then today she got the award," Hogg said.

Mitchell said she feels, "like a little kid."

"I've been nominated several times. It really encourages you to keep working hard," Mitchell added.

Mitchell believes she is carrying on the legacy of her father who was also a teacher. She said she tries to be a kind, compassionate and confidence-building teacher.

"Teaching is a career you can't do for the rewards. It has to come from the heart," Mitchell said.

Mitchell's husband Jack almost broke down into tears talking about his wife and all her hard work.

"She teaches 24 hours a day, during the summers, the weekends. She loves her kids and everything she does. She tries to help them, she'd try to teach even if they didn't pay her," he said.

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Joanie is so deserving of this award and many more. I wish Clay County had many more just like her. I had her father, Mr. Fagg as a teacher at Staunton High School (a few years ago) and this would make him very proud. Congrats Mrs. Mitchell

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 10:28 PM

Congratulations, Joanie! You are amazing!

-- Posted by CountryandCityMouse on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 12:00 AM

She is a wonderful teacher and I just loved her as a teacher when I was in second grade she taught at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Congradulations

-- Posted by bekah3182 on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 1:15 AM

Don't know this lady, but anytime a teacher can motivate the kids to learn, I like it. Congratulations.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 6:32 AM

Congratulations Joanie!!! Such a sweet and loving person with an awesome family. You deserve it! God Bless.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 8:07 AM

Congratulations Joanie.

You have always been smart, kind and understanding. I can't think of a more deserving person. Enjoy it , I am more than certain you earned it. Best wishes to you, Jack and the family.

Your cousin in Texas, Jeff

-- Posted by JeffJohnson51 on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 10:56 AM

Congratulations Mrs. Mitchell. It sounds like you are a fabulous influence on our students. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 11:55 AM

Congratulations Joanie! Keep up the good work, wish that all of them who are like you could get an award!

-- Posted by parent in Brazil on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 11:58 AM

Mrs. Mitchell was my 2nd grade teacher and there are always the teachers who you will never forget. She is the best kind of those. She truly cared about us. Congratulations Mrs. Mitchell!

-- Posted by Neighbor79 on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 6:37 PM

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