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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 2015 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  These talented 6th-12th 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….

 

Kimberly Brahmstedt

Belvidere South Middle School

Belvidere

7th grade Math

 

Karen Cantele

Belvidere High School

Belvidere

9th-12th grade Music

 

Barb Chidley

Auburn High School

Rockford

9th & 11th grade English & Renaissance Writing

 

Jeff Corn

North Boone High School

Poplar Grove

9th-12th grade Math

 

Betsy Dhom

Roscoe Middle School

Roscoe

5th-8th grade Special Ed. Life Skills

 

Lori Dobler

Rockford Lutheran School

Rockford

7th grade Science & 8th & 10th grade Health

 

Sheila Felder

Rockford Lutheran School

Rockford

3rd-12th grade Music

 

Rohini Gupta

Harlem High School

Machesney Park

12th grade Math

 

Kristine Marie Heystek

Keith Country Day School

Rockford

6th-8th grade English

 

Linda Julian

Willowbrook Middle School

South Beloit

3rd-8th grade Music

 

Amélie Leparoux

Jefferson High School

Rockford

9th-12th grade French

 

Laurie Mayer

Willowbrook Middle School

South Beloit

6th grade Literature & 6th-8th grade Spanish

 

Gretchen Fillweber Milner

Hononegah Community High School

Rockton

9th-12th grade English

 

Amy Orvis

Thurgood Marshall School

Rockford

7th-8th grade Montessori Social Studies & Language Arts

 

Rebecca Ann Pelley

Boylan Catholic High School

Rockford

9th-12th grade Art & Critical Thinking

 

Richard Reynolds

Saint Peter Cathedral School

Rockford

6th-8th grade Math & History

 

James Schoepski

Belvidere High School

Belvidere

9th-12th grade Social Studies

 

Tiffany Weber

Winnebago Middle School

Winnebago

7th-8th grade Science

 

Sean Weinberg

South Beloit Junior High School

South Beloit

7th-8th grade Science

 

Melissa Wolf

Guilford High School

Rockford

9th-12th grade Theater & Choir

 

These teachers will be observed by trained community volunteers on four separate occasions in their classrooms during January and February, 2015.  They will participate in an interview in the final stage of the selection process.  The process will culminate with the selection of 5 Teachers who will receive the prestigious Golden Apple Award in surprise classroom presentations featured on 13 WREX and by the Rockford Register Star.

Each Golden Apple teacher will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford University Scholarship, a laptop computer and computer software compliments of Entré Computer Solutions, a desktop computer compliments of Rockford Computers for Schools, and two sets of season tickets to the Rockford Coronado Concert Association 2015-20216 season.  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 19th 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 Teachers will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center sponsored by First Midwest Group, Inc. 

 

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