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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 2019 Golden Apple Awards 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….

Ashley Boyer
North Boone Middle School - Poplar Grove
8th Grade English and Reading

Jean Chambers
Hononegah Community High School - Rockton
9th grade English, World Lit; 12th grade British Lit

Candice Cortese
Hononegah Community High School - Rockton
Trig-PreCalculus and Algebra IIAB

Jeremy Edwards
Belvidere High School - Belvidere

Daniel Foster
Belvidere High School - Belvidere

Jessica Gerrond
Rockford East High School - Rockford
9th-12th grade Reading, English, Global Studies, Hard of Hearing/Deaf

Michael Manke
Rockford Christian Middle School - Rockford
7th Grade Physical Science

Amanda McCallister
Roosevelt Community Education Center - Rockford
Algebra, Geometry, Beginning Computer Apps

Sheila Morrall
Belvidere South Middle School - Belvidere
6th-9th grade Spanish

Amanda Newmes
Belvidere North High School - Belvidere

Jennifer Osar
Harlem High School - Machesney Park
HS Algebra and Trig

Mark J. Peterson
Auburn High School - Rockford
Reading, English, ESL

Jeff Pettera
Christian Life High School - Rockford
Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Molly Priest
Eisenhower Middle School - Rockford
6th grade Environmental and General Science

Chelsea Pruitt
Harlem Middle School - Loves Park
7th Grade ELA

Rob Ullrich
North Boone Middle School - Poplar Grove
7th grade Social Studies

Stephanie Valderrama
RESA - Rockford
6th grade Multi-Language lab; 7th, 8th grade Spanish

Melissa Wolf
Guilford High School - Rockford
9th-12th grades Theater Arts

Betsy Young
Harlem Middle School - Loves Park
7th and 8th grades Band, Choir and Piano Lab

Flori Zeqiri
Harlem Middle School - Loves Park
7th grade Social Studies


These teachers will be observed in their classrooms by trained community volunteers on three separate occasions between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, 2019. The next step in the selection process after observations is an interview. The process culminates with the selection of five teachers who will receive the prestigious Golden Apple Award in surprise classroom presentations featured by WREX-13 and the Rockford Register Star.

Each Golden Apple award winning teacher will receive a cash award; a professional development stipend; a Rockford University Scholarship and a computer compliments of Entré Computer Solutions. 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 23rd 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 finalists will be held Friday, April 26, 2019, at Giovanni's, sponsored by Bergstrom Inc. Charitable Foundation.

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

For more information, contact Jennifer Stark at 815-226-4180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..