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 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  These talented PreK-5th 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...

Anita Bartscher
Dorothy Simon Elementary School
Winnebago
1st grade

Susan Erisman
Seth Whitman Elementary
Belvidere
Primary Autism

Christa Haverly
Galapagos Rockford Charter School
Rockford
3rd-5th Science

Meghan Hembrough
Loves Park Elementary
Loves Park
1st grade

Darcy Hill
Rockford Lutheran Academy
Rockford
PreK-5th grade Music and Drama

Ashley Hoffman
Pecatonica Elementary School
Pecatonica
3rd grade

Erin Klaren
Washington Academy
Rockford
4th grade

Kasie Kosinski
Machesney Elementary
Machesney Park
4th grade

Carolyn Massier
Rock Cut Elementary
Loves Park
2nd grade

Sarah Meyers
Fairview Early Childhood Center
Rockford
Autism PreK

Joshua Rollins
Washington Academy
Rockford
5th grade

Erin Salberg
Rockton Grade School
Rockton
1st grade

Robert Salley
Perry Elementary
Belvidere
3rd grade

Amanda Schiesher
Washington Academy
Belvidere
3rd and 5th grade Engineering Technology

Sarah Shaw
Windsor Elementary School
Loves Park
5th grade

Bianca Sutherland
Saint Rita Catholic School
Rockford
5th grade

Teresa Turner
Bloom Elementary School
Rockford
5th grade

Laura Wanke
Pecatonica Elementary School
Pecatonica
1st grade

Jackie Weerda
Ledgewood School
Roscoe
Kindergarten

Sandy Wyatt
Prairie Hill Elementary School
South Beloit
3rd gradetscher

These teachers will be observed by trained community volunteers on four separate occasions in their classrooms during January and February, 2014.  They will participate in an interview in the final stage of the selection process.  The process will culminate with the selection of 5 Teachers who will receive the prestigious Golden Apple Award in surprise classroom presentations featured on 13 WREX and by the Rockford Register Star.

Those interested in participating as a Golden Apple Classroom Observer can register online at www.goldenappleofrockford.com or call 226-4180.

Each Golden Apple teacher will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford University Scholarship, a laptop computer and computer software compliments of EntrĂ© Computer Solutions, and a desktop computer compliments of Rockford Computers for Schools.  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 18th 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 Teachers will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center sponsored by First Rockford Group.