The Medina Valley Independent School District went all out this week to honor one of their teachers.
Students formed a cheering line for Fifth grade Science teacher Jaynelle Reed at Castroville Elementary. they laid out a red carpet in the gym for Mrs. Reed and then she was serenaded by the principal and students. All part of the celebration as she was presented with the KENS 5 SACU Golden Apple ExCEL Award.
Science is a subject that comes naturally to Mrs. Reed.
"I just love science. I grew up in a farming community around animals and nature. So I have always been interested in science and our environment. We take everything we know in the classroom and apply it in the world around us," explained Reed.
"She makes science fun," said fifth grader Joel Ortiz.
But she doesn't make it easy.
"Mrs. Reed makes us work hard for our answers. She never actually gives us the answers but instead we have to figure it out ourselves. When you have to work you actually learn what the answer is and why it's that answer," said fifth grader Madison Gates.
For 23 years Mrs. Reed has been challenging students. Jaynelle Reed not only teaches the students, she teaches the teachers, serving as a mentor. She is also the coach of the Robotics Club. In the six years she has been coach, the group has placed in one of the top five each year, except the first year.
"I look at these students and try to see how I can challenge them and get them to think outside the box. I have them reach a little higher than they want and sometimes they get upset because they think we're pushing them but we try to push to make them be the best they can be," said Reed.
Being the best is clearly something Jaynelle Reed has accomplished.