Springfield, MO -- (10/18/17) This month we head out to Disney Elementary, where one first-grade teacher gets a big surprise!
Among several things, Mrs. Trish Taff is in charge of first grade music class, after-school choir, and putting together musical programs for each grade at Disney Elementary School – all of which bring out the best in her students.
Disney Elementary principal Lynne Miller says, “I came in and they were auditioning for one of their programs, and I was astounded at how many kids went to the microphone. But she has created that type of environment that allows them to feel like they can conquer anything. And they believe in themselves.”
And that environment got a little louder when we surprised her with our Golden Apple award - which includes a personalized plaque, $250 visa gift card, and a $25 gift card to Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Mrs. Taff sees over 500 students each week and one student, Levi Phillips, says how instrumental she is to his extra-curricular activities.
“At my old school, I had never done anything with music, and I always loved sports and everything. But once I came to Disney two years ago, I met Mrs. Taff and that really influenced me with music.”
Mrs. Taff says she wants her students to love music and feel like they can succeed in her classroom.
And from the piano to the tech devices, success comes in many different notes.
Every grade has their own program – or play – and in 31 years, Mrs. Taff has put on a different play every year for each grade. She has never repeated a program.
Additionally, Mrs. Taff says she’ll use the money to buy supplies for her classroom.
Congratulations, Mrs. Taff! We appreciate all you do for your students, school, and beyond!
You can nominate the next Golden Apple award winner under the contest button on this page.