November Golden Apple Award

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

She's been making a world of difference one student at a time for thirty five years and counting. It's all about her passion to pull each student to their full potential in and outside of the classroom.

"Probably ten years from now they're not going to remember so much the content as just everything involved in the classroom," said Vicki Mongold, Harrisonburg High School Science Teacher.

Senior R.J. Moats would agree.

"It's not even being your teacher, it's like being your parent. I've had pretty rough relationships in the past because I would see a lot of teachers just as authority not as my friend," said Moats.

But all that changed after Ms. Mongold.

"Not only does it help me to do better in the classroom but it helps me to do better when I'm at home or when I'm around my friends," said Moats

"I feel like actions speak so much louder than words, and so I try to be what I would want somebody to be to me," said Mongold.

Then, there's the laughter...

"I try and use humor as much as possible. So many times if I didn't laugh, I would have cried," said Mongold.

Laughter is something Mongold has had to use herself lately with her mother recently passing away and her father battling with cancer.

But she says to be able to give her all to the students she has one rule.

"I try when I get in the car to leave home behind come to school and when I get in the car in the evening and leave school behind and go home," said Mongold.

It's about giving those students support who need it the most.

"My heart goes out to those student who don't have that support, and I'd like to give them some of that," said Mongold.


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