Welcome To Golden Apple Foundation

We are a volunteer-driven organization that inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community. Since 1997, the Golden Apple Foundation has grown from honoring teachers in one school district to honoring teachers, principals and volunteers in more than 150 schools, both public and non-public, in Winnebago and Boone counties.

The Foundation operates entirely on the generous financial support of community businesses and individuals, as well as the more than 400 volunteers who donate their time and energy to make our programs successful.

Our Programs

The Golden Apple Foundation continues its mission of educational excellence
in our community through our four core programs.

Upcoming Dates


Nov. 10, 2022

Nomination period for GA Outstanding Principal Award is open! Nominations are due by 5 p.m. March 1, 2023, with the presentation being made in the principal’s school in April. For information or the nomination: https://goldenappleofrockford.com/scholarships-and-awards/outstanding-principal-award/.


Nov. 29, 2022

Nominated teachers wanting to pursue the selection process for 2022-2023 Golden Apple Teacher awards must submit their portfolios with letters of recommendation to the Golden Apple office by 5 p.m. Nov. 29. For questions: info@goldenappleofrockford.com or 779-210-2991.


Dec. 15, 2022

The 20 Finalists for the 2022-2023 Golden Apple Teacher awards will be announced this morning! These 20 will go on to have volunteers observe their classrooms and interview them before the five recipients are named.


Get Involved

We need volunteers to continue our mission! Learn more about our committees and the many ways you can help, including fund development, special events, grants and more!

Teacher Academy

Through the Golden Apple Teacher Academy where Golden Apple teachers mentor and share their knowledge with other teachers through our professional development programs.



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