(WLTX) - There are 22 schools in Lexington Richland District 5, and in each one of them, there are teachers who live for the moment when the school bell rings.
At the end of every day at Nursery Road Elementary School, they take a few moments to recognize little people doing big things. They call it "shout out time."
But our shout out is for 3rd grade teacher Marybeth Lambert, who is the winner of this week's Golden Apple Award.
For six years now Lambert has been motivating, empowering and supporting students. Her kids describe her as an educator who is helpful, encourages them to achieve their personal best, and understands the importance of an extra recess or two after MAP testing.
But it's a two-way street.
"They teach me patience, they teach me how to have fun when I'm learning, they teach me how to calm down," she said. "I think I learn more from my students...they teach me more than I knew."
Her teaching style has not only been recognized but also applauded by her peers and her principal.
"She is a teacher of teachers," says Love Ligon, the principal at Nursery Road. "She has an energy that her kids feed off of. She knows how to motivate them and empower and support them in every way and you can see it every day in everything that she does."
"I can't imagine a job that would be better than teaching," Lambert says. "They keep me alive."
Know of a teacher who, like Mrs. Lambert, deserves the Golden Apple? You can visit any Midlands BI-LO store, pick up a Golden Apple Nomination form, and tell us why you think your favorite teacher should receive the award.