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Egyptian High School Teacher honored with Golden Apple Award

Teacher receiving award
Kevin Boucher
Alan Mather, right, with the Golden Apple Foundation, presents Elissa Miller, left, with the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching

A math teacher at Egyptian School in Tamms was recently one of ten teachers chosen statewide, as the winner of the Golden Apple award for excellence in the classroom.

Elissa Miller says she is thrilled to be recognized for both, her ability to explain algebra, and her ability to motivate students.

"It's not an award for math, because like I said I am a better teacher than a mathematician so I like this award, it kind of highlights the teaching aspect of it."

Alan Mather, President of the Golden Apple Foundation says Miller is an inspiration.

"She finds a way to engage everyone to get students to love math. We heard about Seniors who are opting to take a fourth year of math, because they like her so much."

The Golden Apple Foundation received over 400 nominations of 9th through 12th grade teachers.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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