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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.

Kevin Boucher is a retired broadcaster. Most recently he was a news reporter for WSIU radio. He grew up watching nature programs including Mutual of Omaha’s wild kingdom and the many Jacques Cousteau specials which sparked his passion with nature. Kevin also is an avid hiker and loves seeing and writing stories about the many fascinating plants and animals we share our planet with. Kevin is married and has lived in Murphysboro since 1976, after living in many places, including Japan, as the son of a Navy officer.

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