Cheri France receives Golden Apple

RCSD teacher provides a safe place for students to let loose.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - They called their effort Operation Zebra.

A group of students from The Children’s School of Rochester in the Rochester City School District wanted to see their favorite teacher Cheri France receive a Golden Apple Award so they joined forces to see that it happened.

Sadie Rolle-Knox, Eliam Artman, Logan Reid, Christina Melendez, and Melanie Serrano all signed one stellar nomination.

In it, they listed off the numerous activities France, a Creative Expression Workshop teacher, puts together for the student including a Nutcracker Tea Party, in which they dine on cookies at tables with “fancy table cloths” while listening to Tchaikovsky.

“She just loves the students. She says she loves us every day, and is very encouraging,” they wroted.

France’s principal, Jay Piper, is also grateful for all she does including helping to foster “Peace Ambassadors,” who are students who promote the values of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Cheri is simply one of the best educators I’ve ever met. She teaches life-long lessons to the students and there’s such a high degree of respect in her classroom that students are not afraid to take risks and share ideas and she not only makes me want to be a better educator, but a better person, she’s awesome,” Piper said.

As France received the award, she tried to divert attention to the students.

“I love them more than they love me, thank you so much, but you know the reason I love what I do is because I love you,” she said looking out over the class.

Within minutes she had them dancing and singing, letting loose because they felt comfortable enough to simply be themselves.

Operation Zebra: Mission Accomplished.


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