Cortese Kress

The 23rd Annual Excellence in Education Banquet is coming up on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Giovanni's.  Red Carpet begins at 5:30 with a cash bar cocktail hour. The program portion starts promptly at 6:28 p.m., followed by dinner. The deadline to register is April 12. To purchase your ticket or table, click here. (If it is after the deadline, check in at the office, we still may be able to accommodate your request.)

Golden Apple is proud to be celebrating our exceptional Top 20 teacher finalists, our 2019 Outstanding Principal, 2019 Jan Jones recipient, and  2019 Assistant Principal Program recipient. This year's 5 Golden Apple teacher award recipients are Candice Cortese of Hononegah, Jeremy Edwards of Belvidere High School, Amanda McCallister of Roosevelt CEC, Amanda Newmes of Belvidere North High School and Molly Priest of Eisenhower Middle School,

To learn more about our Top 20 teacher finalists, see our news feed on this website which includes a bio on each of these exceptional educators.

Cocktail attire is recommended. For more information about the Banquet, call the office at 815-226-4180 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.PHOTO: Candice Cortese is surprised with her Golden Apple in the classroom by Golden Apple sponsor, Thomas Kress, Market President of Associated Bank.