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During the past month, parents, students and community members submitted 1,261 nominations for 601 of their favorite primary level teachers who exemplify excellence in the classroom. Below are just a few of the comments about the PreK - 5th grade teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties nominated for the prestigious 2020 Golden Apple Teacher Awards:

"I think [she] should win because she taught us so much and made us way smarter than we already were. She taught us a lot of math patterns and I'm still learning a bunch." 

[She] is a true leader in our school with literacy instruction which is so critical for 1st grade students. She combines strong values and beliefs about what students need to learn with high expectations."

"[He] is a very nice teacher and cares about our grades a lot."

All nominees, regardless of eligibility, are encouraged to attend the Nominee Reception from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Regents Hall in Burpee Center at Rockford University. Nominees will enjoy socializing, appetizers and celebrating with other teachers. Special thanks to our Nominee Reception Sponsor, Rockford University. 

Click here for a full list of nominees.

Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community. To learn more about the foundation, visit our website at