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.