Nearly 600 teachers nominated for Golden Apple award

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — During the last month, teachers, parents, students and colleagues submitted 587 teachers for nomination for the 2020 Golden Apple Teacher Award.

A full list of nominees can be found at

A reception for the nominees will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Rockford University, at 5050 E. State St., Rockford.

The nomination is the first stage of a search for teachers who represent excellence in secondary school teaching in Winnebago and Boone counties. The next step is for teachers to respond to their nominations with self-reflective essays and letters of recommendation. Nominees must have five years of teaching experience and be teaching full time in a PreK – 5th grade classroom. A selection committee will complete a review of the teachers’ professional portfolios and choose 20 teachers to continue in the process of classroom observations and interviews, which are conducted by community volunteers. 

Five teachers will be selected to receive the Golden Apple Award, which includes a cash reward, a professional development stipend, and a Rockford University scholarship.


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