Each school year brings new challenges for students and teachers are heroes to our community. Let’s face it, they help shape our future. This week Townsquare Media and Gone Bananas would like to give Julie Gray at Vickers Elementary the Golden Apple Award! Stephanie Morales submittedJulie’s name. thank you Julie for making a difference in children’s lives.

Here is the submission from Stephanie:

She is the sweetest woman my children have ever come in contact with. She has the patients of an Angel. This past year her husband and her daughter were in a car accident and she stood by his side while he was in San Antonio, but at the same time making sure her kids were taken care of. While in San Antonio she still worried about her class and hoped they were understanding all the lessons that were being taught by a substitute. She couldn't wait for her husband to get stable so she could rush home and see her children and her classroom children. She taught my oldest daughter and I never had to worry about her not understanding her assignments because I knew Mrs. Gray made sure they understood it before they even left the school. My youngest son isn't even in her class, but she checks on him periodically because she already taught one of my kids so she wants to make sure she's available if he needs her. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with him having a speech impairment and she knows the struggles we have had. Her youngest daughter has autism, so she understands how difficult it can be raising a child with a learning impairment. My children absolutely love her, and she always makes them feel loved and special. For that I will always be truly grateful. She is an outstanding teacher and she deserves so much more than anyone could ever give.

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