"She told me that if I ever needed help I can always go back and see her and she would help me with anything," Carlie said.
"When Mrs. Montecalvo says she wants kids to come back to her classroom year after year, she means it. She wants kids to visit. She wants to make sure they're on the right path to success," principal Ned Dale said.
Claudia says her love of literature was sparked by a remarkable teacher she had in 3rd grade. That is when she decided she wanted to become a teacher.
"How long have you been a teacher," I asked her.
"Thirty-three years," she replied. "Don't figure out how old I am! No, 33 years and I told Mr. Dale I will keep doing this until it's no longer fun, but it's still fun."
Mrs. Montecalvo gives a lot of time to school and community events. She lives in Spencerport and has raised her own family here. She is touched that Carlie wanted to give her a Golden Apple Award.
"I always saw it on TV before and I thought 'gee, I wish I could touch a student like that;' and I've made tons of connections. But to actually have a student take the time to give back to me? Oh my gosh, that's every dream come true," she said.
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