"She's what the League of Super Heroes would call a super-teacher." “"He is a smart, nice guy with good character. When I'm in trouble, he helps me. He says we are very important, which makes me happy.”  These are just some of the comments about the PreK-5th grade teachers, in Winnebago and Boone County, who are nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award for 2014.  During this past month, parents, students and colleagues of the teachers made over 700 nominations for 420 of their favorite teacher(s) who exemplify excellence in the classroom.  The deadline to nominate teachers was October 21, 2013. To see the full list of nominees at CLICK HERE.

A Nominee Reception will be held to honor all nominees on Thursday, November 21 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 elementary 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 PreK-5th 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. Qualifying nominees can download the portfolio form by CLICKING HERE.

Five teachers will be selected to receive the Golden Apple Award and will be honored at the 18th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet sponsored by First Rockford Group at the Radisson Hotel on May 2. Each of the Golden Apple Teachers will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford University 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 that inspires, 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.

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