23-Year West Central Valley Teacher Awarded Golden Apple

REDFIELD, Iowa -- West Central Valley middle school teacher, Mary Pease is perhaps best known for helping students get through the awkward teenage years and helping them rise to their potential.

“I explain to them what’s going on emotionally, physically, and mentally with them and that everybody goes through it, everybody survives it and I’m here to help you through it,” she laughed.

Eighth grade student, Drew Taylor said, “She always is so nice and she helps out with student council, health, PE, she does it all she’s just one of a kid for this school and we are so glad to have her.”

He along with several other current and former students nominated Pease for the Golden Apple award. Pease has taught physical education and health in the district for 23 years. At the award ceremony held in the middle school’s gym, it was evident Pease did not like to be singled out for attention. Instead she accepted the award on behalf of her colleagues, “Everyone who comes to work and works hard for the students every day. This is for all of us," she said.

The school's principal says he wishes he could clone Pease, calling her a stand out teacher.

“It`s a relentless effort to keep getting better and better here. It’s always about the kids for her. She’s always finding new ways to make school great and memorable for the kids,” Anthony Lohse.

The award is West Central Valley’s third.