WREX is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Twenty talented 6th-12th grade teachers from Winnebago and Boone counties were chosen by a selection committee of community volunteers.
Please join us in congratulating the following excellent teachers!
Kimberly Brahmstedt Belvidere South Middle School Belvidere 7th grade Math
Karen Cantele Belvidere High School Belvidere 9th-12th grade Music
Barb Chidley Auburn High School Rockford 9th & 11th grade English & Renaissance Writing
Jeff Corn North Boone High School Poplar Grove 9th-12th grade Math
Betsy Dhom Roscoe Middle School Roscoe 5th-8th grade Special Ed. Life Skills
Lori Dobler Rockford Lutheran School Rockford 7th grade Science & 8th & 10th grade Health
Sheila Felder Rockford Lutheran School Rockford 3rd-12th grade Music
Rohini Gupta Harlem High School Machesney Park 12th grade Math
Kristine Marie Heystek Keith Country Day School Rockford 6th-8th grade English
Linda Julian Willowbrook Middle School South Beloit 3rd-8th grade Music
Amélie Leparoux Jefferson High School Rockford 9th-12th grade French
Laurie Mayer Willowbrook Middle School South Beloit 6th grade Literature & 6th-8th grade Spanish
Gretchen Fillweber Milner Hononegah Community High School Rockton 9th-12th grade English
Amy Orvis Thurgood Marshall School Rockford 7th-8th grade Montessori Social Studies & Language Arts
Rebecca Ann Pelley Boylan Catholic High School Rockford 9th-12th grade Art & Critical Thinking
Richard Reynolds Saint Peter Cathedral School Rockford 6th-8th grade Math & History
James Schoepski Belvidere High School Belvidere 9th-12th grade Social Studies
Tiffany Weber Winnebago Middle School Winnebago 7th-8th grade Science
Sean Weinberg South Beloit Junior High School South Beloit 7th-8th grade Science
Melissa Wolf Guilford High School Rockford 9th-12th grade Theater & Choir
These teachers will be observed by trained community volunteers on four separate occasions in their classrooms during January and February of 2015. They will participate in an interview in the final stage of the selection process. The process will culminate with the selection of five teachers who will receive the prestigious Golden Apple Award in surprise classroom presentations featured on 13 WREX and by our media partners at the Rockford Register Star.
Golden Apple Foundation is celebrating its 19th year of taking positive steps to achieve improved education in Winnebago and Boone counties. The Annual Golden Apple Banquet recognizing Excellence in Education and honoring the Golden Apple Teachers will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center sponsored by First Midwest Group, Inc.