Golden Apple Awarded to Exemplary Teachers

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Melanie Pinkston

Ruthie Quam

Liberty’s Golden Apple Award recognizes an Upper School teacher and a Middle School teacher who have served at the school a minimum of five years, have consistently displayed concern for student achievement inside and outside the classroom, and who exhibit consistent, high-quality, engaging classroom innovations.

Ruthie Quam – Upper School Winner for 2010–2011

Two words came to Ruthie Quam’s mind as she heard her name announced as the winner of the Upper School Golden Apple award – surprised and humbled.

“I teach with an amazing group of teachers, and looking at previous Golden Apple winners, I am quite honored to be listed among them,” she said.

Quam’s credentials are impressive, holding a bachelor’s and master’s from Tarleton State University. In addition to teaching for 21 years in public and private schools, she spent five years at Tarleton supervising students in the accelerated teacher’s certification program, serving as the liaison between the school districts and the university, and observing students in their field of teaching.

In her 11 years at Liberty, she taught fourth grade in the Lower School and is now in her sixth year teaching in the Upper School.

“I absolutely love teaching ninth grade English,” Quam said. “These students are at such a fun place in school. They keep me on my toes as I work to challenge them, they keep me on my knees praying, and they keep me laughing. They touch my life in ways I cannot explain. I love them!”

Quam earned her lifetime certification for kindergarten through 12th grade from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). She has studied in Oxford, England, and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for outstanding educators.

Dr. Sarah Lippe, Liberty’s English department chair, said, “Quam’s dedication and profound abilities are most apparent in her students’ accomplishments. Her students consistently excel in the countless contests in which they are involved. Each year, more and more awards and accommodations are accumulated by the young people fortunate enough to be her students. She tirelessly gives of herself over and above any expectation.

“Quam serves as a model for all teachers. Her diligence, devotion, and innovative instructional techniques set the pace and hold the standard high for the entire faculty. Her expertise and proficiency chisel the model template that all teachers aspire to duplicate.”

Melanie Pinkston – Middle School Winner for 2010–2011

Melanie Pinkston, the Middle School Golden Apple winner, is in her 23rd year of teaching that includes 10 years of teaching fifth grade in the public schools and 13 years of teaching math to sixth graders at Liberty.

Pinkston said, “I was surprised when my name was called. It is definitely an honor when I consider the others who have won it before me. They are all people with many years of experience and success that I have admired and respected for a long time.”

Before her teaching career began, Pinkston graduated from UNT with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Middle School Principal Josh Williams said, “Melanie has a passion for teaching, and she exemplifies all that is positive in her approach to teaching young scholars.”

He said that every day she displays leadership, concern, and encouragement that inspire her sixth grade students to give their very best in every endeavor.

Williams added, “Pinkston is a fervent advocate and participant in the sixth grade trip each year and has also taken on a portion of the responsibility for our school’s chapter of the Builders Club by serving as the faculty sponsor for the sixth grade.”

Pinkston’s students and her colleagues recognize her “servant’s heart” attitude and the joy she displays each day at Liberty Christian.

Williams added, “She holds high expectations for every student in her sixth grade math class and is respected by her colleagues, students, and their parents.”

Liberty Christian congratulates Ruthie Quam and Melanie Pinkston and is proud to have them a part of their distinguished faculty.

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