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2013 Golden Apple Award finalists named

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The Golden Apple Foundation releases the names of the 20 teaches who are finalists for the 2013 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

All of the teachers are from 6th to 12th grade in Winnebago and Boone counties. They were chosen by a selection committee of community volunteers from a group of hundreds of teachers that were nominated.

Over the next two months the teachers will be observed in their classrooms and interviewed as the committee works to select this year's five winners of the awards.

Once selected, 13 News will surprise each winning teacher with the award in their classroom and they will also be honored at the Annual Golden Apple Banquet in April.

2013 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Finalists

Kendra Asbury

Belvidere Central Middle School

Language Arts

Craig Carter

Stephen Mach Middle School

Social Studies

Thomas Freesmeier

Harlem Middle School

Social Studies

Candace L. Fritz

Belvidere High School

Drivers Education

Heather Hardwick

Belvidere North High School

AP Psychology

Kelli Houghton

Willowbrook Middle School


Leslie J. Johnson

Immanuel Lutheran School

Language Arts & Literature

Michael Lantz

Guilford High School

World Geography, Government, & Economics

Kathryn Linden

East High School


Christy Morgan

Belvidere High School

Business Education

John Paddock

Belvidere North High School


Bethany Pitman

Rockford Lutheran Junior/Senior High School


Jilian N. Reints

Belvidere High School & Belvidere North High School


Jonathan Sleger

Guilford High School


Mark Snyder

Shirland School

History, Geography, Government, & Science

Stephanie Stallman

Willowbrook Middle School

Social Studies

Katherine A. Walls

Boylan Catholic High School


Sean J. Weinberg

South Beloit Junior High School


Michael D. Winebrenner

North Boone Middle School

Social Studies

Erin Zawlocki

Eisenhower Middle School

Language Arts

Golden Apple of Rockford is looking for volunteers to be classroom observers. Call 226-4180 or visit http://www.goldenappleofrockford.com/ if interested in signing up.

What does it take?

• Attend one 60 minute training session on observing and evaluating the teaching process (for new observers).

• Sign up to observe 3-4 Teachers.

• Observe select teachers for one hour or less.

• Complete your evaluations and submit to Golden Apple.

Dates to consider

• Sign up for observations-Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Take 10-15 minutes to sign up during any one of the following periods: 7:00-9:00 a.m., 11:00-1:00 or 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Rockford College in Grace Roper Lounge.

• Classroom observations Jan. 22-Feb. 22, 2013

• Review sessions available-attend only one

„Ï Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.-Rockford College's Burpee Center in the Faculty Dining Room or

„Ï Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.-Rockford College's Burpee Center in the Faculty Dining Room

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