The Golden Apple Semi-Finalists Named

The Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to announce the names of the 20 teachers from Winnebago County who have been selected to move forward in the process for the 2004/2005 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. These talented 6-12th grade teachers were chosen by a Selection Committee of community volunteers who had the difficult task of selecting only 20 teachers from a large group of worthy applicants.

Please join us in congratulating the following excellent teachers:

Candy Anderson
Harlem Middle School

Jason Anderson
Guilford High School

Roger Anderson
Winnebago High School

Valerie Benson
Lincoln Middle School

Kari Bukowski
Hononegah High School

Clark Fabert Jr.
Guilford High School

Eugene Gregoire
Hononegah High School

Richard Gurnett
Prairie Hill School

Gayle Haab
Roscoe Middle School

Janet Kagan
Hononegah High School

Melissa Middleton
Roscoe Middle School

Luann Moth
Winnebago Middle School

Charles Mufich
Hononegah High School

Thomas Polaski
Hononegah High School

Megan Poynor
Roscoe Middle School

Richard Reynolds
St. Peter Cathedral

Tim Sughroue
Hononegah High School

Donald Terasaki
Boylan Central Catholic High School

Mark Wallace
Guilford High School

Mary Beth Westin
Harlem Middle School

Community volunteers will observe the 20 semi-finalists on four occasions in their classrooms during January and February, 2005. The teachers will also participate in an interview in the final stage of the selection process. The process will culminate with the selection of 5 Teachers who will receive the prestigious Golden Apple Award in surprise classroom presentations. These teachers will be presented with a cash award, professional development stipends, Rockford College Scholarships, and classroom computer software. In addition, they will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy and will be honored at a banquet on April 21st at the Ramada Suites and Rockford Convention Center.

The Golden Apple Foundation is in its 9th year of taking positive steps to achieve improved education. This year highlights excellence in 6-12th grade classrooms and is the first year that teachers in the non-public schools have been eligible for the Golden Apple Award. Golden Apple Teachers receive recognition for their excellent teaching and as a member of the Golden Apple Teacher Academy work to promote professional excellence through mentoring and training of student teachers and new teachers.

Golden Apple Foundation works closely with diverse community partners, recognizing and enhancing teaching excellence and increasing community involvement in, understanding of, and support for excellence in education.

For more information, contact Lori Berkes-Nelson at 226-4180 or