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 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.  These talented PreK-5th 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….


         Tiffany Aurand

Windsor Elementary

Loves Park

2nd grade


Emily Breakfield

Prairie Hill Elementary

South Beloit

4th grade


Lauren Collen

Machesney Elementary

Machesney Park

4th-6th grade library


Tina Cuppini

Ledgewood School


K-1st special education


Barbara Diaz

Barbour Language Academy


Kindergarten dual language


Crystal Ellis

Stone Creek School


3rd grade


Jamie Gooley

Summerdale Early Childhood Center




Lori Granite

Rockford Christian School


K-3rd science & Jr. K-3rd grade Technology


Meghan Hembrough

Loves Park Elementary

Loves Park

1st grade


Beth Hubner

St. James Catholic School


4th & 5th grades


Jean Johnson

Washington Academy


3rd grade gifted


Stephanie Johnson

Keith Country Day School




Beth Limones

Seth Whitman Elementary


2nd grade dual language


Angie Miller-Coy

Jean McNair Elementary


3rd grade


Thomas O’Brien

Beyer Elementary


5th grade


Jennifer Sanderson

Stone Creek School & Ledgewood School

1st-3rd grade music


Jennifer Stella

Rock Cut Elementary

Loves Park

5th grade


Jill Tartaglia

Bloom Elementary


K-5th grade music


Carrie Wallyn

Prairie Hill Elementary

South Beloit

3rd grade


Laura Wanke

Pecatonica Elementary


1st grade 

These teachers will be observed by trained community volunteers on four separate occasions in their classrooms from January 19th until February 19, 2016.  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.

Those interested in participating as a Golden Apple Classroom Observer can register online at or call 226-4180.

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 2016-20217 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 20th 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 6, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. 


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

For more information, contact Kristina Reuber at 226-4180