Good teachers don't usually get enough recognition, but at least once a year in Chicago, we're reminded that talented teachers in the classroom are golden.
On Tuesday, Carnegie Elementary science teacher Arleta Ingram got the surprise of her 20 year career: she was awarded the Golden Apple for teaching. This year, 600 teachers were nominated and only ten got the nod.
"The profession needs to be upheld -- rewarded -- put on a pedestal -- because there are so many great men and women who are teaching, who are making a huge difference in the lives of children," said Golden Apple Foundation founder Martin Koldyke.
Ingram's colleagues and family have been keeping the secret all week.
Students said Ingram has a big personality, that she's not afraid to joke around, but she's still firm.
"She teaches our children how to think out side the box," said Carnegie Principal Marlene Heath.
"There's an art to teaching, and you have to have that, textbooks can tell you the science behind it, but to be more successful, you have to have that drive, that inner art, that's just God-given," Ingram said.
The Golden Apple gives great teachers a platform to spread their ideas, as well as a $3,000 prize and a paid semester sabbatical at Northwestern University.