Golden Apple - Brenda Inabinette

9:28 PM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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Orangeburg County, SC (WLTX) - Each week News19 recognizes an outstanding teacher in the Midlands with the Golden Apple Award.

This week's winner is Brenda Inabinette, a North Middle High School English teacher who has the tough assignment of preparing her students for life after school.

"This is actually my alma mater,so I'm teaching my classmates children or students I attended high school with," she explains.

So what does her students say?

"At times you wanna pull your hair out," says Anthony Jones, a student. "She keeps pushing you cause she knows you have what it takes."

"She doesn't want us to go out into the world and not be able to deal with what's going on," Zahjnengt Gilligan, another student.

From the banners outside her classroom to her students reactions, it's clear that what makes our Golden Apple winner different is that she's not just preparing her students for the next test, she's preparing them for what's next.

"You're gonna need it in college," said Codie New, a student. "It's plain and simple as that. You're gonna need it."

"To me that shows what a great person she is," says North Middle Principal Charles Gregory. "Not just a great teacher, but a phenomenal person. "

And while getting a Golden Apple is one thing,  Inabinette says the real reward is the feedback from her students.

"Having a student text back and say, I didn't appreciate it while I was in your class, but I'm in college now and it's just the way you said it would be," Inabinette says. "That's rewarding."

"I will probably be one of those students to send a text thanking her for all she's done and what she's said to me," says student Alana Carr.

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