Golden Apple Award winner: Charles Carozza

FOUKE, AR (KSLA) - Science can sometimes seem like a foreign language, but the kids in Charles Carozza's Chemistry class at Fouke High School seem to understand what he's saying.

"I always say that it's my responsibility for the students to learn, so I have to adjust my teaching styles to whoever is in my class, whatever learning styles they have," said Carozza.

"Science was never, for sure never my thing, and doing science with Mr. Carozza broke it down a lot easier and helped a lot more," said former student Anna Barnes.

Now, Barnes is in college considering a career in the medical field, something Carozza once considered himself.

"I majored in pre-med in college," he said.

Carozza planned to go to medical school, but when he graduated and a teaching position came his way he decided to try it out. Forty years later he's still in the classroom, and he thinks it's important that the best and brightest in any field consider teaching.

"The only way for these other professions to excel, for these other professionals to excel in their field is for somebody to have taught them how to do whatever it is that they're doing.   So in that sense, teaching is such an important field.   It's the basis of everything else," said Carozza.

He's proud of the students he's inspired to go into science because he decided to become a teacher.

Carozza won the weekly Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. The award comes with a $500 prize from the sponsor, The Kirby Kelly Law Firm.

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