Excellence in teaching … Marianne Vareika, center, kindergarten teacher at Wilbur McMahon School in Little Compton, recently received the Golden Apple Award from Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and Channel Ten Anchorwoman Patrice Wood. A teacher for 12 years, Ms. Vareika said she loves teaching her students and watching them learn and grow. Students in Ms. Vareika’s class include from left, back row: Grace D., Rowan M. Kiley W., Trevor C., Cullen C. and Julie H. Seated from left to right: Alan C., William M., Cole R., Anne Marie O. and Finnbahr O. This is the second time in less than a year that a teacher at Wilbur McMahon School has received the coveted Gold Apple Award that recognizes excellence in teaching. Fourth Grade Teacher Dee Medeiros received the award last year.