Outstanding principals inspire excellent teachers and create a positive learning environment essential for the culture of a successful school. Golden Apple Foundation recognizes one exceptional principal each year with the Outstanding Principal Award and $1,000 to be used at his or her school.

About the Award

All Winnebago and Boone county public and ISBE-recognized non-public school teachers, administrators and parents are encouraged to nominate a principal they consider worthy of this prestigious award. Nominated principals exemplify best practices and leadership abilities according to this criteria:

  • A commitment to positive student achievement and development
  • Professional growth and leadership development among teachers
  • A positive learning climate and sense of community in his or her school
  • A minimum of five years of experience as an administrator and in good standing within his or her district

The recipient of the award is notified through a surprise presentation in his or her school and is recognized at the spring Excellence in Education banquet.

Primary and secondary school principals are eligible for the 2024 Outstanding Principal Award. Nominations must include a letter of support from a teacher within the building and/or from a parent of a student.

Past Principal Award Recipients