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Executive Director Jennifer Stark joined the Morning Crew at WTVO17/WQRF39 to announce the Top 20 Finalists who will continue in the next step of the selection process to determine five Golden Apple Teacher Award recipients for 2022.

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

In the next step in the process, these teachers will be 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 will be interviewed. Five will be selected as the Golden Apple recipients based on all their evaluations.

The five recipients are presented in March with the prestigious Golden Apple Award in a surprise classroom presentation. Then on April 29, 2022, they will be honored at the annual Golden Apple Award Banquet and rewarded with scholarships, stipends and resources to enhance their classrooms.

Golden Apple Teachers are inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy and are committed to enhancing the Academy’s mission by mentoring student teachers and sharing their knowledge with other educators. More than 187 teachers have already been rewarded and participate in this wonderful program.

Please join us in congratulating these 20 excellent educators:

 

Deanna Ballard
Guilford High School
Rockford
Science

 

Monica Benolkin
Rockford (Ill.) Lutheran
3rd-12th Orchestra

 

Weston Brabeck
Guilford High School
Rockford
Band and Choir

 

Anita Bond
Hononegah High School
Rockton
History and Sociology

 

Jean Chambers
Hononegah High School
Rockton
Literature

 

Michael Chiodini
Belvidere (Ill.) North High School
Social Studies

 

Hayley Gotzsche
Willowbrook Middle School
South Beloit
5th-8th Choir

 

Matthew Green
Roosevelt Community Education Center
Rockford
English

 

Brooke Harp
Holy Family School
Rockford
6th-8th Literature

 

Lorrie Hill
Eisenhower Middle School
Rockford
Special Ed.: Math, LA, Reading, Social Studies, Science, Life Skills

 

Kelli Houghton
Willowbrook Middle School
South Beloit
Literature

 

Nicole Kroepel
Belvidere (Ill.) North High School
English

 

Rebecca Perry
Belvidere (Ill.) South Middle School
8th Grade Science

 

Mark J. Peterson
Auburn High School
Rockford
ESL, Literacy Intervention

 

Heather Plourde
Hononegah High School
Rockton
Health

 

Adam Pusateri
Durand (Ill.) High School
Math

 

Chelsea Spinello-Johnson
Thurgood Marshall Middle School
Rockford
Literature

 

Wendy Taylor
Belvidere (Ill.) North High School
Math

 

Ashley VanSickle
Harlem Middle School
Loves Park
Social Studies

 

Lovina Youngman
Belvidere (Ill.) Central Middle School
7th & 8th Dual ELA