Nearly 400 teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties are up for this year's Golden Apple Teacher awards.
The 6th to 12th grade teachers were nominated by either a parent, student, or colleague for their excellence in the classroom.
The next step for teachers is to decide if they will respond to their nomination with a self reflective essay and letters of recommendation. Then a selection committee will complete a review of the teacher's professional portfolios and 20 teachers will be chosen to continue in the process of classroom observations and interviews, which are conducted by community volunteers.
The five finalist teachers will be selected and honored at the 17th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet at the Radisson Hotel on April 26, 2013.
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