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Golden Apple Foundation announces Top 20 award nominees

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Golden Apple Foundation, on Thursday, announced the names of 20 teachers from Winnebago and Boone counties who have been selected to move forward in the selection process to receive a 2023 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching award .

A volunteer selection committee chose the Top 20 from a list of 500 area teachers who were nominated for a Golden Apple Award.

The following is a list of this year’s Top 20

Kelly Blank
kindergarten
Donald C Parker Center
Machesney Park

Nicole Busker
second grade
Seth Whitman Elementary
Belvidere

Emily Daub
kindergarten
Ellis Elementary School
Rockford

Diana Dornink
Fourth grade
Durand Elementary School
Durand

Crystal Ellis
third grade
Stone Creek Elementary
roscoe

Kelly Golich
Junior Nursery
Keith Country Day School
Rockford

Amanda Hahn
Fifth Grade
North Boone Upper Elementary
Popular Grove

Elena Holcomb
kindergarten
STEAM Academy at Haskell
Rockford

Kimberlee Malmberg
third grade
Washington Elementary
Rockford

Whitney Mohr
special education
Rolling Green Elementary
Rockford

Kimberly Plaster
third grade
Galapagos Charter School
Rockford

Chelsea Rawhoof
second grade
Pecatonica Elementary
Pecatonica

Lisa Robinson
kindergarten
Rolling Green Elementary
Rockford

Jennifer Rowe
Fourth grade
Whitehead Elementary
Rockford

Mallori Sage
third grade
Whitehead Elementary
Rockford

Sarah Shoevlin
third grade
Prairie Hill Elementary
South Beloit

Miranda Thompson
kindergarten
Donald C Parker Center
Machesney Park

Michelle VanWambeke
Special Education 1 & 2
Windsor Elementary
Love’s Park

Amie Walker
kindergarten
C.Henry Bloom Elementary
Rockford

Addie Wilson
second grade
Thurgood Marshall
Rockford

As part of the selection process, the Top 20 teachers will be observed in their classrooms by trained community volunteers on three separate occasions between Jan 17 and Feb 15. They will then be individually interviewed.

The process culminates with the selection of five teachers who will receive a prestigious Golden Apple Award. Winners will receive their award during surprise classroom presentations.

Each award-winning teacher will receive cash, professional development grant, laptop computer compliments from Entré Computer Solutions, and a Rockford University scholarship.

In addition, winners will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy where, as members, they will work to increase public awareness of educational excellence in area schools, promote the profession of education, and provide professional development and mentoring to new and veteran teachers.

The Annual Golden Apple banquet is Friday, April 28, at the Tebala Event Center in Rockford.

The Golden Apple Foundation is in its 26th year.

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