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  • 2016 Impact Winner: Michele Rapp

    Michele Rapp

    Michelle Rapp, math teacher at Gainesville High School, is a member of the teacher leader program and is also the sponsor of Mu Alpha Theta for Gainesville High School. With her leadership, the team has grown from three members to over 150 members in seven years.

    “Teaching isn’t just about the subjects that have been assigned. We are also our students’ counselors, their daytime parents, and their compass for what is right and wrong,” said Rapp.

    Rapp’s students participate in Thanksgiving Day baskets and Wish Upon a Star, as well as tutor some of the other students at GHS.

    Get to Know Michele:

    What is your go-to coffee order?

    I actually don’t like coffee even in ice cream form! I am more of a Diet Mountain Dew and chocolate milk kind of girl.

    Who had the biggest impact on your life?

    My mom, Maryanne Sanders has had the biggest impact on my life. She was a huge role model for me growing up and still is now. She was also a math teacher and believed that being a teacher just isn’t about teaching the subject. It’s also about teaching them to be genuine, be honest, be responsible, work with others, stay organized, get it done by the deadline and always find a way to give back and try to make the world a better place. She retired a few years ago and still gives back by volunteering. She helps run a food pantry, helps organize events for those in nursing homes, and is very active with the church helping the homeless. Even with everything she always had going on, she always found the time to make me feel like I was her top priority. She would never miss a dance recital, an award ceremony, a girl scout event, taking me to any of my lessons, etc…. To this day, she is the first person I call when I need advice. I could not have asked for a better mom. I try to mimic her awesomeness with my daughter. In my opinion, my mom has set the standard for the moms of the world.