Thomson Middle School is proud to announce that science teacher Daphne N. Roberts has been chosen as a recipient of the WJBF NewsChannel Six Golden Apple Award.
Anchor Brad Means visited the school to make the announcement to Principal Claude Powell and to gather footage of Mrs. Roberts in her classroom. The segment featuring Mrs. Roberts aired on Tuesday evening.
Mrs. Roberts is a native of Thomson and a 1987 graduate of Thomson High School. Following high school graduation, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in middle grades education from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.
Immediately after college, Mrs. Roberts set right to work employing her newly credentialed skills. She worked with the Cities in Schools program for six months. Following a day of tutoring and aiding the development of social skills and self-esteem in students at Dearing Elementary School, she traveled to the then-Norris Middle School after school, where she assisted pupils with homework assignments and mentored at-risk students.
For the past 12 years, Mrs. Roberts has been employed in the McDuffie County School System, first at Norris Middle School and then after the middle school relocated at Thomson Middle School. Nominated for the Golden Apple Award by Sandra Zander of Aiken, Mrs. Roberts' calling appears to be for sixth graders, with whom she has spent her entire teaching career.
Mrs. Roberts is the wife of Marion Roberts and the mother of Devin. She is active in her church family at Springfield Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, singing in the choir, and assisting with the youth department, among numerous other responsibilities.