A teacher for more than three decades was awarded a special honor just months before his retirement.
This month’s Golden Apple winner Steve Neville is well known around the Bondurant-Farrar High School for his connection with students.
Students said it’s easy to find something nice to say about Mr. Neville.
“He’s always welcoming us into his classroom and he always has a smile on his face,” said student Jenna Kasper.
“He does a lot of unseen things for our students and really supports them in ways that many people don’t realize,” said Bondurant-Farrar High School Principal Mike Kramer.
Neville has been teaching special education for 32 years. He spent 21 of those years teaching at Bondurant-Farrar High School.
Neville has helped students like Jenna Kasper along with countless others who have trouble learning.
“He’s helped me keep my grades up and everything,” Kasper said.
He’s also helped give the students something to look forward to.
“If we’re having a bad day, we come in here and he’s hilarious. He always makes us laugh,” Kasper said.
“He’s a very humble teacher, he doesn’t really think he goes above and beyond,” Kramer said.
Neville was nominated for the Golden Apple by a former student’s parent as a way to commend his ability to break down barriers and get through to his students.
“I’m kind of at a loss for words, wow,” Neville said.
“Are you sure I’m the one?” Neville said.
Neville said he doesn’t really feel like he’s teaching his students, but instead connecting with them.
“It means a lot from everyone but it means more for me when it comes from the kids because they’re the ones that mean the most,” Neville said.
Watch the extended version of Steve Neville's Golden Apple interview below.