Golden Apple Award Winners Join Washington Academy

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Two Golden Apple Award-winning teachers with successful careers in surrounding districts are heading to Rockford Public Schools’ Washington Academy for the upcoming school year.

Christine Flatt, a 2004 Golden Apple Award winner, has taught since 1984, most recently as a third grade teacher at Marquette Elementary School in the Harlem School District. She will teach fifth grade at Washington.

Jessica Powell won the 2009 Golden Apple Award as a seventh grade math teacher at Roscoe Middle School. She most recently worked as a first grade teacher at Ledgewood Elementary School in Roscoe; she has been a teacher since 2001. Powell will be an assistant principal at Washington.

These dynamic teachers were recognized for excellence in their field by not only going through the rigorous Golden Apple process and reflecting on their profession. They were also honored with the prestigious award from a well-respected and highly regarded organization, the Golden Apple Foundation.

Washington Principal Jim Parker is looking forward to adding such high-caliber talent to his team. “These teachers have proven that they both understand and excel in their craft,” Parker said. He is also excited for Washington students to continue learning from the best educators in the field, he added.

The school, 1421 West St., houses the Renaissance Gifted Academy program for first through fifth grade students. Thurgood Marshall School houses sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the Renaissance Gifted Academy, as well as Montessori program fourth through eighth grades.

The Golden Apple Foundation highlights classroom excellence and recognizes teachers for their contributions to education. Each year the Foundation awards five teachers from Boone and Winnebago counties with the celebrated Golden Apple Award. Learn more at
Learn more about the Renaissance Gifted Academy at

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