"[She] pushes her students to be the best they can be, not only as students, but also as human beings.” “[She] gives them the courage to follow their dreams and truly believes in her students" or “[He] does an awesome job of teaching … not only math but how to learn and be better students. He makes access to material super easy and stays in contact with parents. He is always willing to step up to the plate to help with anything [the school] needs.” These are just some of the comments about the 6th-12th grade teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Awards for 2017. During the past month, parents, students and colleagues submitted 924 nominations for 357 of their favorite teacher(s) who exemplify excellence in the classroom. Click here for the full list of nominees.