SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shirley Barton, a 1st grade teacher at Turner Elementary in Shreveport, has confidence in her students.
"I just love working with the children. They're so eager to learn. Their faces are so bright, and you know when they learn something new it just shows all over their face," said Barton.
That confidence is just what Annette Dunlap needed when she moved to Shreveport.
"She was my son's 1st grade teacher, and my conversation with her was I knew he was not on grade level," she said.
Dunlap assumed her son, Jerard, would have to repeat the 1st grade, but Mrs. Barton had different plans.
"She looked at me, and she was like no we're not going to fail him if we give him a chance. She said if you have a problem, I'll work with him. I'll keep you informed, and she did that," said Dunlap.
By the end of the year Jerard made the honor roll. That was 14 years ago, and all those years later Dunlap still remembered the teacher who wouldn't give up on her son. She nominated Barton for the Golden Apple Award.
Barton plans to use her $500 dollar prize from the sponsor, the Law Offices of Kirby Kelly, to buy hands on materials to go with the new common core curriculum.
To nominate an Ark-La-Tex educator to win the award, click here to fill out the form.