"This teacher goes above and beyond every single day. His classroom is an interactive, thought-provoking environment."
"A missed teacher is a loved teacher."
These are just some of the comments about the 6-12th grade teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties who were nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award for 2015.
During this past month, parents, students and colleagues of the teachers made more than 1,000 nominations for more than 500 of their favorite teachers who exemplify excellence in the classroom.
A nominee reception will be held to honor all nominees at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Radisson Hotel, 200 S. Bell School Road.
The nomination is the first step. The next step is for teachers to respond to their nomination with a self-reflective essay and letters of recommendation. Nominees must have five years of teaching experience and be currently teaching full time in a 6-12th grade classroom. 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 trained community volunteers.
Five teachers will be selected to receive the Golden Apple Award and will be honored at the 19th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on May 1 at the Radisson Hotel.
Each Golden Apple teacher will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford University scholarship, a laptop computer with software from Entre Computer Solutions, a classroom computer from Rockford Computers for Schools, and will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy.
Below is the list of Golden Apple Teacher nominees. You can also view the full list at www.goldenappleofrockford.com.