Golden Apple Award: Atkinson West Holt

Every year, 10/11's Lance Schwartz has a great time roaming around Nebraska surprising talented teachers with Golden Apple Awards.
Now, we honor an Atkinson West Holt Elementary School teacher that spent countless hours helping one of her students that was fighting cancer.

It's been a very challenging year for young Jack Hoffman.

Last summer, this courageous kindergarten er endured more than a hundred seizures and underwent two brain tumor surgeries.

His parents had a lot to worry about as Jack entered his first year of school.

But the one thing they didn't worry about was the fact that Jack would be cared for greatly by Jeanine Hale.

Jack's Mom Bri helped write the nomination letter, "Kindergarten is a big change for 5 year olds. This is especially true when that 5 year old is battling a brain tumor."

In early October, Jack went to Boston for his second brain surgery, "Because of Mrs. Hale's exceptional commitment to her student Jack he was able to keep up with his class. Before we left for Boston, Mrs. Hale prepared all of the lesson plans for 30 days in advance for the class so that she could send them with Jack."

Mrs. Hale learned how to Skype so Jack could see his classmates while he was in Boston and she texted Bri after Jack would have a seizure at school.

Jack's Dad Andy says she did it all out of the goodness of her heart, "Words can't describe what it means to us as parents and as a family. It's hard enough to go through this, but just to know that his teacher was understanding, compassionate, it was great, it put our minds at ease and helped the whole situation out."

Mrs. Hale says she loves to teach children, "Because they are so excited about learning and I get to share that excitement with them and it really keeps me young and going and I learn everyday just like they do."

Bri adds, "We're just thankful that she's in Atkinson and that she was Jack's teacher, we couldn't be happier."


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