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Shane Wilson receives Golden Apple Award at BGM

The Ogden Reporter of Ogden, Iowa

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Shane Wilson graduated from Ogden High School in 1990 and it was his good experiences there that brought him back to school after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa.

"I had the pleasure to have many great teachers while I was at Woodward and Ogden and those people helped me realize how important a teacher can be in the life of a child," Wilson said.

Wilson, son of Bernie and Evelyn Lewiston of West Bend, formerly of Ogden, currently teaches fourth grade at BGM, Brooklyn. And now in a role reversal Wilson finds himself on the giving end in the classroom.

"I love teaching fourth grade. It is so rewarding to see the progress each student makes throughout the school year," he told the Reporter.

His students think he's pretty special, particularly 10-year-old Keegan James who wrote a letter explaining why his teacher should receive the WHO-TV 13 Golden Apple award. The award is given to one Iowa teacher a month throughout the school year. James's letter was chosen from among thousands received this year. A school-wide assembly was arranged where Wilson was presented with the award.

"I was truly surprised at the assembly," said a humble Wilson. "I know that even though one teacher gets honored, that every teacher does something special in their classrooms to make school fun and exciting for their students."

Wilson not only teaches, he coaches junior high girls basketball, high school girls track and is a youth group leader at Grace United Methodist Church in his community. He and his wife Shelli (Bishop) have two children, Jacob, 12, and Emily,

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Original Publication Date: March 17, 2010

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