Golden Apple Foundation is very pleased to announce the five Golden Apple Recipients for 2014. The teachers, who were surprised in their classrooms today by Golden Apple Foundation Board Members and Sponsors, principals, superintendents, family and representatives from the media, are:

  • Carolyn Massier-Rock Cut Elementary, Loves Park
    Second Grade - 9 Years Teaching Experience

  • Sarah Meyers-Fairview Early Childhood Center, Rockford
    Autism PreK- 6 Years Teaching Experience

  • Joshua Rollins-Washington Academy, Rockford
    Fifth Grade Gifted - 7 Years Teaching Experience

  • Erin Salberg-Rockton Grade School, Rockton
    First Grade - 8 Years Teaching Experience

  • Amanda Schiesher-Washington Academy, Belvidere
    Third and Fifth Grade Engineering Technology- 8 Years Teaching Experience

These distinguished PreK-5th grade teachers were among twenty outstanding finalists representing the public and non-public school districts of Winnebago and Boone County.  Since January, all twenty have participated in a rigorous selection process.  Collectively, 320 observations were conducted in their classrooms over one month by trained Golden Apple community volunteers. In the final stage, finalists were interviewed by teams of Golden Apple Foundation volunteers.

The newest Golden Apple teachers will be welcomed to the 18th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet with a Red Carpet Arrival on Friday, May 2nd at the beautiful Radisson Hotel.  Excellence in Education will be celebrated and each Golden Apple Teacher will be honored and presented with a cash award and a professional development stipend from Golden Apple Foundation, a desktop computer for their classroom from Rockford Computers for Schools, a laptop with computer software compliments of EntrĂ© Computer Solutions, and the Terry Ingrassia Professional Development Scholarship compliments of Rockford University.  They will also be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy where they join 165 members in continuing to positively impact the education profession through mentoring and professional development of teachers from Winnebago & Boone Counties. Each of the five will be featured in a televised special compliments of WREX.

Next year, teachers in 6th-12th grades in both public and ISBE recognized non-public schools in Winnebago and Boone Counties will be eligible for the award.

For more information or for reservations for the 18th Annual Golden Apple Banquet held on Friday, May 2, 2014 contact the Golden Apple Foundation office at 226-4180, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or register online at