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A Nominee Reception will be held to honor all nominees at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Giovanni’s located at 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. District superintendents and building principals will join Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors in congratulating the nominees.  This event is made possible by our sponsor, Olivet Nazarene University.

The nomination is the first stage of a search for teachers who represent excellence in primary school teaching in Winnebago and Boone counties. The next step is for teachers to respond to their nominations with self-reflective essays and letters of recommendation. Nominees must have five years of teaching experience and be teaching full time in a PreK – 5th grade classroom. A selection committee will complete a review of the teachers’ professional portfolios and choose 20 teachers to continue in the process of classroom observations and interviews, which are conducted by community volunteers. 

Five teachers will be selected to receive the Golden Apple Award and will be honored at the 22nd Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on April 27, 2018 at Giovanni’s. Each of the Golden Apple Teachers will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford University Scholarship, and a laptop computer. They will then be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy. 

Deadline to RSVP is November 9. Contact Golden Apple at 815-226-4180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.







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During the past month, parents, students and community members submitted more than 1,300 nominations for 591 of their favorite teachers who exemplify excellence in the classroom. "She taught us to believe in yourself and you can succeed. I took her advice and came to school every day and now I am very successful." “He makes learning fun and exciting but at the same time, my son grew academically and emotionally. My son struggles with anxiety and socializing and [he] brought the best out in my child. He continues to help my son today, by helping him with his middle school math, on his own time.  I have never met a more dedicated teacher.” “She is really nice and helps you whenever you need help. She makes math fun!” "Her ability to make children feel happy and excited to learn. She learns each child's strengths and weaknesses and guides them through both. My son says she makes learning stress free and fun!" These are just some of the comments about the PreK-5th grade teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Awards for 2018.

Click here for a full is of nominees.

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Do you have a great idea for a new literacy project or Robotics program in your classroom?  Golden Apple is offering Classroom Project Grants to Pre-K - 12th grade teachers.  Click for application and criteria.  Deadline to apply is Monday, November 6, 2017.


Nominate an outstanding PreK - 5th grade teacher for the 2018 Golden Apple Award.  Monday, October 16, 2017 is the last day to nominate. Tell us in a few sentences why the nominee is exceptional. Nominations can be mailed to Golden Apple Foundation, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108 or submitted on-line at  

It’s easy, anyone can nominate, and it means the world to teachers when they hear that they have had an impact so great on someone’s life that they took the time to nominate them for an award.  Make a teacher’s day!  Nominate now!   

Nominations are also accepted online at

Five Golden Apples will be presented to select teachers in March and excellence in education will be celebrated at the 22nd Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on April 27, 2018 at Giovanni's.  But, first they have to be nominated!!

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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Golden Apple has been selected to be a part of the Schnucks - Bags 4 My Cause program for the month of September and October.

Love reusable bags? For the whole month of SEPTEMBER, buy the Cause bag with the message “Giving is in the Bag” at Schnucks located at 6410 E. State Street in Rockford and Golden Apple receives $1!  Then, for the whole month of OCTOBER, buy the Cause bag at Schnucks located at 2462 Charles Street in Rockford, and Golden Apple received $1.