Golden Apple: Gloria Brown 04/2010

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 28, 2010 at 6:05 PM EDT

LAGRANGE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - This month's Golden Apple Award nomination reached us from the other side of the world.

It was all about patriotism at the award ceremony where the mother of a young man serving in Afghanistan read her son's nomination letter to Miss Gloria Brown.

Trey Kiskaden wrote, “She showed an interest in me. She helped me realize my potential. Now I work in army intelligence. I give reports to Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and British commanders. Miss Brown played a huge role in the person I became.”

Miss Brown says she'll never forget Trey Kiskaden. The little boy who just couldn't stay out of trouble until she became his teacher in the third grade.

Trey's mother Marty Hayward said, “He was bored. He was a really smart kid and they didn't have enough to keep him busy. And so he would find things to keep him busy... And Miss Brown certainly changed that. She gave him plenty to do and showed a big interest in him and he has talked about her his entire school career ever since then. She was definitely a turning point for him.”

Award winner Gloria Brown says, “Each day, kids come in with new concerns, new problems... New joys. So everyday is totally different and the people I work with are totally different everyday, so I can't imagine doing anything else.”

Brown says she is deeply touched and honored to know she was able to make a big difference in Trey's life, but she says it comes full circle. In the 32 years she's been teaching, students like Trey leave unforgettable impressions on her.

“Because I think about them in my life... About what things they've shown me or what things they've made me open my eyes to that I hadn't seen before... So it's a learning experience everyday for each of us,” says Brown.

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