• 'Amazing' Sequoyah Elementary teacher takes home sixth Golden Apple

    By: Ron Terrell


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Rachel Smith won this week’s Golden Apple Award.
    • The award is given to outstanding teachers at Tulsa Public Schools.

    FOX23 partnered with Tulsa Public Schools, Cox Communications and Bob Hurley Buick GMC to present the Golden Apple Award to Tulsa teachers.

    The winners received a trophy and $250 from Bob Hurley Buick-GMC.

    FOX23 morning anchor Ron Terrell found this week’s winner at Sequoyah Elementary School.

    Students in Rachel Smith’s fifth grade class there show that she has made an impact there.

    The grandparent of one of Smith’s former students said, “This teacher not only gives it her all at teaching, I have seen her take money out of her own pocket if need be to buy students shoes, clothes, supplies.”

    Miss Smith said her inspiration to teach started in the hallways of the very school where she now works.

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    She said she was inspired by a fifth grade teacher named Tonya Crawford when she was growing up. She said it was in the fifth grade that she decided to become a teacher.

    Now, Smith is inspiring others. A fellow fifth grade teacher said Smith was a leader that helped her when she started teaching.

    One of her students became emotional when talking about Smith’s impact in the classroom.

    Congratulations to Rachel Smith, this week’s Golden Apple Award winner.

    Those who would like to nominate an outstanding teacher for the Golden Apple Award can do so here.

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