Whitney Jenkins is a first grade teacher at Carnegie Elementary.
Jenkins says she loves her job, but it isn't what she set out to do.
"I really wanted to do something that changed the world," she said. "I was in interior design school for a couple of years and just didn't feel fulfilled, and I became a teacher, and this is my 13th year."
She explained that teaching first grade is a fun challenge.
"Early childhood is just a whole different ballgame," Jenkins said. "The kids are excited. They're little sponges. It's a good time to catch them when they're excited about learning."
Jenkins was nominated for a Golden Apple Award by Rose Marie Tyner, a student's mother.
"She adores her students," Tyner said." She never lets any of her students go without, whether it be supplies, snacks for their break time, winter clothes and accessories or school uniforms. No matter what they need, she's there for them."
Tyner said Jenkins went above and beyond for her son.
"She went above and beyond to get him in tutoring with another first grade teacher to help him exceed and go further," she said.
Congratulations to Whitney Jenkins, this week's Golden Apple Award winner.