“The kind of teacher that students, in the future, will be thankful for.”  “A dedicated, engaging, and encouraging teacher with excellent teaching skills.”  These are just some of the comments about the 6-12th grade teachers, in Winnebago and Boone County, who are nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award for 2013.  During this past month, parents, students and colleagues of the teachers made 800 nominations for nearly 400 of their favorite teacher(s) who exemplify excellence in the classroom.

A Nominee Reception will be held to honor all nominees on Wednesday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, located at 200 S. Bell School Rd., Rockford.  District Superintendents and building principals will join Golden Apple Foundation Board Members, Sponsors, and School Board members in congratulating the nominees.

The nomination is the first stage of a search for teachers who represent excellence in middle school and high school teaching in Winnebago and Boone Counties.  The next step is for teachers to respond to their nomination with a self reflective essay and letters of recommendation. Nominees must have five years of teaching experience and be currently teaching full time in a 6-12th grade classroom.  A selection committee will complete a review of the teacher’s professional portfolios and 20 teachers will be chosen 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 17th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet at the Radisson Hotel on April 26. Each of the Golden Apple Teachers will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford College Scholarship, a laptop computer, computer software, a classroom computer, and will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy.

Golden Apple Foundation is a volunteer driven organization thatinspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community.  The Teacher Recognition Program is designed to reward excellence in the classroom and to also use the strengths of the honored teachers through the Golden Apple Teacher Academy.  Academy members mentor new teachers and work together to increase public awareness of educational excellence in our schools, promote the profession of education and provide a positive educational outreach to the community.