Award honors outstanding leadership in Pre-K through 12th grade schools
CHICAGO (March 21, 2016) - Golden Apple today proudly announces four finalists for the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award. The award honors the exemplary performance of a Pre-K-12th grade principal or head of school from throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
The 2016 Principal and Head of School Finalists include:
- Mr. Dana Butler, Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School in Chicago
- Mr. Daniel Krause, Willowbrook High School in Villa Park
- Dr. Erin Roche, William H. Prescott Elementary School in Chicago
- Mr. Mauricio Segovia, Darwin Elementary School in Chicago
Details about this award can be found at goldenapple.org/celebration.
The award is presented in memory of Stanley C. Golder, a founding board member of Golden Apple, whose energy, creativity and commitment to Golden Apple’s mission set the highest standard for dedication and accomplishment. Nominated by fellow educators and community members, this year’s finalists have served as principal or head of school at one or more public or non-public schools for five or more consecutive school years.
Last year Golden Apple presented the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award to Dr. Christine Adler, principal of Laura Sprague School in Lincolnshire.
A Celebration of Excellence in honor of the four finalists (and 30 finalists for the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching) will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare. Event details are available at goldenapple.org/celebration. All are welcome to join the celebration.
The selection criteria for the award is based on:
- Personal excellence
- Balanced and collaborative leadership
- Commitment to student achievement
- Expertise in curriculum, instruction, and assessment
“There is an obvious vital link between the vitality of a school and the quality its leader possesses,” said Dominic Belmonte, President and CEO of Golden Apple. “Golden Apple is proud to forward these Golder finalists as sterling examples of excellent school leadership.”
The 2016 award recipient will receive a cash award of $10,000 to be used for his/her own professional development and a school project of the recipient’s choosing. In addition, the winner will be recognized at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership annual event on May 20, 2016 and during the broadcast of the televised show on WTTW/Channel 11.
Golden Apple also announced today the 30 finalists for the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes outstanding teachers for their role in providing superior educational experiences for their students. Learn more at goldenapple.org/celebration.
About Golden Apple
2016 marks Golden Apple’s 31st year of innovating teacher preparation and leadership to transform both the careers of teachers as well as the lives of students in Illinois. Many of our Golden Apple Award recipients choose to give back by participating as instructors, academic coaches, and mentors in both our aspiring teachers program (i.e., “The Golden Apple Scholars”) and our professional development program (i.e., “The Golden Apple STEM Institute”).
Our focus is on advancing educational excellence for Illinois’ most under-served students. Scholars are recruited from the communities in which they return to serve - with a passion for teaching and a drive to create positive change for young people in their communities. We enhance their college education with exemplary advanced teacher preparation, game-changing resources and lifelong support, and, they, in turn, stay in teaching for five or more years.
Golden Apple is comprised of recognized superior educators, including Golden Apple Award recipients and finalists, leading a passionate team of devoted staff with technical and program expertise, as well as a connected and committed board of directors charged with overseeing our strategic vision. Visit http://www.goldenapple.org for more information.