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On Thursday, March 10, five classrooms received multiple surprise visitors who invaded with flowers, balloons and cameras. Golden Apple sponsors, staff, board members, Academy members, school administration and friends/family of the teachers in those rooms gleefully entered to see them receive the Golden Apple award after months of hard work and evaluations.


The recipients, shown in photo here are: (Front, L-R) Rebecca Perry, who teaches science at Belvidere South Middle School, and Jean Chambers, who teaches literature at Hononegah Community High School in Rockton. (Back, L-R); Ashley VanSickle, who teaches social studies at Harlem Middle School in Loves Park, Matthew Green, who teaches English at Roosevelt Community Education Center in Rockford, and Kelli Houghton, who teaches literature at Willowbrook Middle School in South Beloit.


These teachers received nominations for the award last fall, submitted portfolios including a self-reflective essay and letters of recommendation, taught in front of several volunteer classroom observers and were interviewed as well. Now they get to celebrate! They will be recognized further on April 22, as we hold our Excellence in Education banquet at Prairie Street Brewhouse.