Chicago-area teachers will be surprised throughout the day today by visits from friends, family, celebrities and dignitaries — as well as the news they’ve been chosen as a recipient of a 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The 10 award recipients represent fourth through eighth grade teachers throughout the Chicago area, according to Golden Apple. Six will be notified today, and the others, Thursday and Friday.
Additionally, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning presented Principal Alan Mather of Lindblom Math and Science Academy with the Stanley C. Golder Award for Principals and Heads of Schools.
The Golden Apple, created by Mike and Pat Koldyke in 1985, honors outstanding teachers for their contributions to building a stronger, better-educated citizenry, it said. Its mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need.
Each Golden Apple Award recipient becomes a Fellow of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, receives a tuition-free, spring-quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University and is awarded $3,000 in cash.
So far, award winners who have been notified today include:
Principal Alan Mather, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago
Luke Albrecht, Crown Community Fine Arts Academy, Chicago
Joseph Casanovas, Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, Chicago
Mary Benton, Hawthorn Middle School South, Vernon Hills
Roosevelt Griffin, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Harvey
Roosevelt Griffin is the band director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School Jazz Band at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 14741 Wallace St., Harvey, according to the school.
“It is definitely an honor,” Griffin said in a written statement from the school. “My wife, my boys, they are proud of me, which makes me proud to be able to stand in front of them to say, you know what? I believe I’m giving back. Serve the Lord and he will bless you.”
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