Husna Kidwai graduated from Hersey High School in 2010 and wants to teach high school biology. She graduated this past spring from DePaul University in Chicago and is lined up to teach at Sullivan High School in Chicago this fall.
Sabrina Perez graduated from Rolling Meadows High School in 2010. Sbe is not sure yet where she will be teaching. Her focus is in teaching children with hearing difficulties.
For more than 26 years, the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program has prepared individuals as young as age 17 for teaching careers in schools of need, particularly in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Recently CPS, looking for solutions to help under-performing schools, approved a $1 million agreement with the Golden Apple Scholars program to provide 150 additional new teachers on top of the program’s annual state-supported cohorts, during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years to offer qualified teaching talent to south side Chicago schools.
The program identifies high school seniors, community college freshman and college sophomores who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schools.
The Golden Apple prepares them for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.
Both Kiwdai and Perez are attending Summer Institute sessions where they receive 700 hours of classroom experience.
During their first five years teaching, they will receive mentoring and academic support from Golden Apple fellows and faculty.