Education First FCU Announces
November Golden Apple Educator Award
Education First Federal Credit Union is proud to announce George Jordan from Sour Lake Elementary School as the recipient of The Golden Apple Educator Award for the month of November.
Mr. Jordan, a fifth grade science teacher, was surprised to receive the Golden Apple and a $500 check in front of his class last week.
Tonya Smith, a Hardin Jefferson parent and a former student, took science from Mr. Jordan in third grade and nominated him for the Golden Apple Award. Mr. Jordan has stated a few times over the last several years that he plans to retire, but according to Tonya, “I told him he can’t even consider leaving until my youngest takes science from him. Then he can think about retirement.”
It’s evident when walking into George Jordan’s classroom that you’ve stepped into a science class. The room is similar to a scientist’s laboratory with a large table set up to demonstrate his experiments to his students. Over his 37 years of teaching, he has accumulated a collection of animals, fish, papier-maché volcanoes, plants and papers. Mr. Jordan’s mother was a teacher and he admits that he never thought he would become a teacher as well. “I didn’t like science when I was young, and I hated just reading from a book. Had it been fun, I would have enjoyed it more. I want to make it fun for my students, so it will be fun to learn.” And that’s what he has done throughout his career. He teaches with more than a text book. Whether the lesson is electricity, currents and circuits or elements and the periodic table, he almost always has an experiment set up for his students to watch and to demonstrate.
George Jordan and his wife Martha have generous spirits that they share with everyone in the Hardin Jefferson school district. It’s evident at sporting and community events when students run to both of them for hugs and it’s evident with the parents who see a love of science growing in their children’s eyes that this teacher has created. Tonya Smith added about Mr. Jordan, “he uses money from his own pocket to help any student in need and he’ll probably use some of his award money to do the same.”
EFFCU announced The Golden Apple Educator in January 2015 as a way to recognize those who have dedicated their hearts and lives to the profession, and go the extra mile to make a diﬀerence in the life of a student. Each month a local educator will be selected and featured on a segment on the KFDM Channel 6 Morning Show, receive an award and $500 check in honor of their commitment to education. To nominate an educator for The Golden Apple Educator Award visit the Education First website at https://www.educationﬁrstfcu.org/about-us/golden-apple