May 27, 2016
The Lionettes dressed in uniform to help surprise their dance group leader Amanda Hedges with the Red Apple Award presentation given by Great Day Houston correspondent Courtney Perna this month at M. Robinson Elementary School. The Red Apple Award segment featuring Hedges, who is a first-grade teacher, will air on June 2 on KHOU Channel 11.
May 27, 2016 – M. Robinson Elementary School teacher Amanda Hedges was in the middle of teaching her first-grade students when all of a sudden KHOU Channel 11 Great Day Houston correspondent Courtney Perna, along with students, staff and family, showed up unannounced to present her with the Star Furniture Red Apple Award—an award that recognizes outstanding educators. Perna surprised Hedges with an on-the-spot interview for a TV segment withGreat Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan that will air on June 2.
First-grade teacher Amanda Hedges helps her student Adelina Mendoza with an assignment.
“I was very surprised when my dance students [70 Lionettes and 79 Dandy-Lions] and the people who play an important role in my life came into my classroom to present me with the Red Apple Teacher Award,” Hedges said. “It means the world to be recognized for what I do every day and my heart is full to get a chance to impact my own students.”
Hedges was nominated by her former Girl Scout leader Sally Stewart for the award, which is presented monthly to a teacher who is making a difference in the classroom and the community.
Robinson teacher Amanda Hedges was surprised with an on-the-spot interview with KHOU Channel 11 Great Day Houston correspondent Courtney Perna for being selected as this month’s Red Apple Award winner. Pictured L-R: Assistant principal Dawn Tryon, David Meissner (Hedge’s fiancé), Hedges, Perna and principal Irene Ruiz.
“Amanda Hedges has always loved kids and has always wanted to be an elementary school teacher. While other girls her age were changing what they wanted to be every six months, she knew exactly what she wanted,” Stewart said. “When she first set up her classroom [as a new teacher three years ago], she put out an appeal to friends and family for books and other classroom necessities and to this day continues to scour garage sales, Goodwill and dollar stores to find specific books or craft materials to add to her classroom collection.”
According to Stewart, she also contributed to organizing a tree-planting project with a group of teachers over the summer.
“The trees were donated and Amanda helped to plant them and recruited a crew to water them over the summer,” Stewart said.
In addition to her busy schedule as a teacher, Hedges also directs two girl dance groups at M. Robinson Elementary School—the Lionettes for students in grades 3-5 and the Dandy-Lions, grades 1-2. Her passion for leading the large group of dancers and making a difference in their lives led her to purchasing uniforms for two students just to give them an opportunity that they would otherwise not have.
“Amanda has such a positive impact on our students. Through sponsoring our Dandy-Lions andLionettes dance groups, she shares her love for dancing and gives them something to be proud of as they represent M. Robinson at on- and off-campus performances,” said M. Robinson principal Irene Ruiz. “She gives up so much of her own time to help our girls, encourages them to do their best in and out of the classroom and builds up their confidence levels to teach them that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. We are proud and honored to have her making a difference for our students each day.”
For more information regarding the Red Apple Award, visit the KHOU website.