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A Nominee Reception will be held to honor all nominees at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Giovanni’s located at 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. District superintendents and building principals will join Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors in congratulating the nominees.  This event is made possible by our sponsor, Olivet Nazarene University.

The nomination is the first stage of a search for teachers who represent excellence in primary school teaching in Winnebago and Boone counties. The next step is for teachers to respond to their nominations with self-reflective essays and letters of recommendation. Nominees must have five years of teaching experience and be teaching full time in a PreK – 5th grade classroom. A selection committee will complete a review of the teachers’ professional portfolios and choose 20 teachers to continue in the process of classroom observations and interviews, which are conducted by community volunteers. 

Five teachers will be selected to receive the Golden Apple Award and will be honored at the 22nd Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on April 27, 2018 at Giovanni’s. Each of the Golden Apple Teachers will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford University Scholarship, and a laptop computer. They will then be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy. 

Deadline to RSVP is November 9. Contact Golden Apple at 815-226-4180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.