(Rockford)--We believe that strong leadership in a school promotes excellent teaching.  Outstanding principals inspire outstanding teachers and create a positive learning environment essential to the culture of every successful school.  This year Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to recognize Don Rundall of Jefferson High School with the Eighth Annual Puri Family Outstanding Principal Award.


Mr. Rundall will receive $1,500 cash to be used in his/her school and $500 in Volcano Falls gift certificates to reward excellent students, all compliments of the Puri Family.  An Elementary School Principal will be recognized in 2014.

His nominators had this to say about Rundall, "The faculty and staff are encouraged by Don to work hard, be innovative, collaborate, ad communicated with his door sincerely open to everyone. Mr. Don Rundall celebrates kids, teachers, staff, and parents fostering a climate in which the broadest spectrum of education can flourish." A student nominator said, "In all my years of going to school, Mr. Rundall has been one of my best principals I have ever had...Mr. Rundall does more than he is expected to do for his job, he listens to the students and tries to solve the problems right away and other students who haven't talked to him before don't' feel afraid to go talk to him about school or doing a project for the school because of what other kids have told each other about him."

Mr. Rundall joins the following leaders as being named a Puri Family Outstanding Principal (schools listed are where they served when awarded):

  • Randy Larson of Carlson Elementary
  • Judy Rigby of Hononegah High School
  • Mike Francis of Haskell Elementary
  • Tom Hoffman of Pecatonica High School
  • Sue Haney-Bauer of Maria Montessory School
  • Matt Vosberg of South Beloit Sr. High School
  • LuAnn Widergren of Brookview Elementary School

Ben Commare of Belvidere South Middle School and Christine Klekamp of Spectrum Progressive School were also nominated for this year's award. Mr. Rundall will be recognized at the 17th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on April 26th, 6:00 p.m. All are invited to attend this celebration of excellence in local education. Come early for the 5:30 p.m. red carpet arrival of the 5 Golden Apple Teachers and the Outstanding Principal. Reservations can be purchased by calling 815-226-4180 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Congratulations Mr. Don Rundall!