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Golden Apple Award Nominations & Portfolio Packet

Recognize an Outstanding Teacher in Winnebago and Boone County! Teachers are the heart of our community. They nurture our children's inquisitive minds and prepare them for the challenges of the future. They need and deserve our support.

Golden Apple Foundation honors outstanding teachers through the Golden Apple Award process. This program recognizes excellence in teaching and creates a legacy of excellence through the Golden Apple Academy where teachers pass on their skills.

Who is Eligible?

  • Full-time, certified teachers: 6th - 12th grade in 2018-2019
  • Teachers with five years of full-time teaching experience
  • Teachers currently teaching full-time in a public school or ISBE recognized non-public school in Winnebago or Boone County
  • Teachers who teach a group of students in a classroom on a regular basis and who are that group of students' primary teacher
  • Teachers currently in good standing within their district

The deadline to nominate a 6th - 12th grade teacher for the 2019 Golden Apple Teacher Award is Monday, October 15, 2018. 

Who can Nominate?  Click here to nominate a teacher.

  • Students
  • Former Students
  • Parents
  • School Personnel
  • Administrators
  • Residents

Awards to Selected Teachers:

  • Inscribed Golden Apple
  • Recognition at the Golden Apple Awards Celebration
  • Membership in Golden Apple Teacher Academy
  • Cash Award
  • Rockford University scholarship
  • Professional development stipend
  • Laptop computer
Golden Apple Teacher Portfolio Packet 2018-2019:  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD WORD DOCUMENT
   CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT ONLINE USING GOOGLE DOCS.

Golden Apple Selection Process: CLICK HERE.

About the Golden Apple Award Program

The Golden Apple Award process begins with the individual recognition of teachers at the beginning of each school year through Apple Day. During Apple Day, every teacher in Winnebago & Boone County receives a fresh apple delivered by a community volunteer that includes a thank you for their dedication to another year of educating the youth of our community.

The Golden Apple Teacher Award is a community selection process with three primary goals:

  • To support, motivate and honor great teachers
  • To involve the community in our schools
  • To pass forward a legacy of excellence


From September through October, the entire community including parents, students, colleagues, and administrators are invited to nominate teachers that deserve special recognition. Golden Apple receives approximately 1,000 nominations every year. The deadline to nominate a 6th - 12th grade teacher for the 2018-2019 Golden Apple Award is Monday, October 15, 2018. PreK-5th grade teachers are eligible for the 2019-2020 Golden Apple Awards.

Nominations can be submitted by anyone who has gratitude for the impact that a teacher has had on their lives and/or the community at large.

In November, nominated teachers are notified and encouraged to take the next step in the selection process, completing a self-reflective portfolio and gathering letters of recommendation. This step is designed for teachers to express the value they bring to the classroom and to assist the community in understanding the incredible amount of talent and drive it takes to be a successful teacher.

In December, a selection committee reviews the portfolios and chooses 20 Finalists. These teachers are observed in their classrooms by trained community volunteers and evaluated on classroom atmosphere, rapport with students, classroom management, lesson content, teaching techniques and professionalism. Then, the 20 Finalists are interviewed and five are selected as the Golden Apple recipients. CLICK HERE to serve as a Classroom Observer and/or as an Interviewer.

Recipients are presented, in March, with the prestigious Golden Apple Award in a surprise classroom presentation. Then in May, the five recipients are honored at the annual Golden Apple Award Banquet and rewarded with scholarships, stipends and resources to enhance their classroom.

Golden Apple Teachers are inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy and are committed to enhancing the Academy’s mission. More than 182 teachers have already been rewarded and participate in this wonderful program.

Golden Apple Award

The Golden Apple Award Program honors outstanding teachers each year. This program recognizes the excellence that exists in our classrooms and utilizes these teachers' skills through the Golden Apple Academy to serve as a catalyst for future excellence in education. The award process involves community volunteers to recognize, select and celebrate excellent educators in our community.

Click the links below to learn more about the program, nominate teachers, download portfolio, and to view award recipients.

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