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Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to announce the names of 20 teachers from Winnebago and Boone County who have been selected to move forward in the process for the 2018 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.  These talented PreK - 5th grade teachers were chosen by a selection committee of community volunteers who had the difficult task of selecting only 20 teachers from a large group of worthy nominees.

Please join us in congratulating the following excellent teachers….

AmyCarol Bedows
Rockford Christian - Rockford
Fourth Grade

Wendy Breit
Riverview Elementary - South Beloit
Second Grade

Allison Decman
Keith Country Day
Third Grade

Heather Geary
Whitehead Elementary - Rockford
Fourth Grade

Christy Grace
Manchester Elementary - Poplar Grove
Second Grade

Mary Haas
Holy Family - Rockford
Kindergarten - Eighth Grade Art

Rachel Huetson
Nelson Elementary - Rockford
First Grade

Ingrid Hyde
Machesney Elementary - Machesney Park
First - Sixth Grades General Art/Fine Arts Academy

Jean Johnson
Marshall Elementary - Rockford
Third Grade - Gifted

Laura Johnson
Nashold Early Childhood Center - Rockford
Early Childhood

Katherine Koehler
Ledgewood Elementary - Roscoe
First Grade

Sylvia Landreth
Fairview Early Childhood Center - Rockford
Early Childhood - Bilingual Spanish/English

Suzette Muck
Poplar Grove Elementary - Poplar Grove
First - Third Special Education

Gabriela Nunez-Reagan
Seth Whitman Elementary - Belvidere
First Grade Dual Language

Ashley Schwabero
Prairie Hill Elementary - South Beloit
Fourth Grade

Jennifer Stella
Rock Cut Elementary - Loves Park
Fifth Grade

Laura Stites
Caledonia Elementary - Caledonia
Fifth Grade Math and English

Lance Tuula
Whitman Post Elementary - Rockton
Fifth Grade

Amy Wright
Prairie Hill Elementary - South Beloit
First Grade

Fort Zackary III
Carlson Elementary - Rockford
Kindergarten

These teachers will be observed in their classrooms by trained community volunteers on three separate occasions between Jan. 16 and Feb. 16, 2018. The next step in the selection process after observations is an interview. The process culminates with the selection of five teachers who will receive the prestigious Golden Apple Award in surprise classroom presentations featured by WREX-13 and the Rockford Register Star.

Each Golden Apple award winning teacher will receive a cash award; a professional development stipend; a Rockford University Scholarship and a laptop computer compliments of Entré Computer Solutions. In addition, they will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy where, as members, they will work to increase public awareness of educational excellence in our schools, promote the profession of education and provide professional development training and mentoring to new and veteran teachers.

Golden Apple Foundation is celebrating its 22nd year of taking positive steps to achieve improved education in Winnebago and Boone counties. The Annual Golden Apple Banquet recognizing Excellence in Education and honoring the Golden Apple finalists will be held Friday, April 27, 2018, at Giovanni's, sponsored by Bergstrom Inc. Charitable Foundation.

Golden Apple Foundation inspires, recognizes and supports excellence in education in our community.

For more information, contact Jennifer Stark at 815-226-4180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The 2018 Golden Apple Foundation Jan Jones Service Award will be presented to an individual, couple, organization, or business for demonstrating a deep commitment to Excellence in Education in Winnebago and/or Boone County through volunteerism. Explain why your nominee deserves consideration according to the following criteria:

•           Recipient will be considered for his/her volunteer work in fields relating to education or additional fields that serve teachers, students, and schools.

•           Recipient will have exhibited a deep commitment to excellence in education in Winnebago and/or Boone County.

Service nominations must be received by the Golden Apple Foundation office by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2018.

Recipients will be recognized at the 22nd Annual Golden Apple Banquet on Friday, April 27 at Giovanni's.

Click here for you nomination form or contact Jennifer Stark at 815-226-4180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community. 

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We are seeking community volunteers to observe teacher finalists at area schools January 16 through February 16, 2018. Observations last no more than one hour and they can be chosen to fit into your schedule. We request that you go to at least three observations. New volunteers are required to attend a training from 4 - 5 p.m. on Thursday January 4 or noon - 1:00 p.m on January 5 at Rockford University.  Evaluations are due back to us one week after your observation or no later than February 19, 2018.  Contact Golden Apple at 815-226-4180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up or for more information.  Volunteers can not be an employee of a local school district or observe a teacher that they know.  Photo: New volunteers receive training at Rockford University in 2016.

 

 

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Golden Apple Foundation has partnered with the family of Sunil Puri to recognize exceptional principals each year with the Outstanding Principal Award.  This year Primary School Principals are eligible and parents, colleagues and community members are encouraged to nominate their prinicpal.  The selected principal will be be surprised in their school and they will receive $1,500 to be used in their school and $500 in Volcano Falls gift certificates to reward excellent students. Click here for the nomination form and a list of past principal recipients.  Photos: Jennifer Stark, Golden Apple Executive Director, Sunil Puri, President of First Midwest Group, Ben Commare, 2017 Recipient of the Outstanding Principal Award.

 

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Assistant Principals are encouraged to apply for the Golden Apple Investing in Excellence: Assistant Principal Development Program.  Golden Apple Foundation is parterning with area school districts and Rasmussen College to provide one Assistant Principal a unique professional development experience at the New and Aspiring School Leaders Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in spring 2018.  Assistant Principals in both primary and secondary grades are eligible.  For complete eligibilty requirements, application and additional information on the program, click here.  Deadline to apply is January 10, 2018.  Photo: Renee Schott, Asst. Principal at Jefferson High School, attending Harvard in the 2016.