Golden Apple: Jane Trump 03/2010

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 1, 2010 at 3:16 PM EDT

SOUTH WHITLEY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Our Golden Apple Award this month takes us to South Whitley where a teacher with strong ties to the community is honored for her determination to make a difference in young people's lives.

Jane Trump knew someone was going to receive the Golden Apple award, but never imagined it would be her.

Trump said, “South Whitley Elementary is not just teachers, it's not just students, not just the other staff. We're a family together and so, I thank you for being part of my family as well.

Nominating student Samantha Hartman is now a high school sophomore. In her letter, she said she was eternally grateful to Mrs. Trump for figuring out that Samantha had dyslexia when she was in Mrs. Trump's first grade class.

Samantha said, “I'm reading better. I read the whole Twilight Series and I understood. I also carry a dictionary around just in case I don't understand a word. So, I’m like, this teacher needs to be recognized more than just me saying 'I love you.'

Mrs. Trump has a profound love for her school and her community. She was raised in South Whitley and was a student here at the elementary school. She became a teacher 11 years ago because is passionate about education and making a difference in young people's lives.

Trump said, “We loop here at South Whitley Elementary. So, there's a new group every two years, and you just get to know that group of students really well. You get to know their family, and just a lot of great rewards.

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