ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Nominations are now open for the 13th Annual Golden Apple Awards, a program designed to honor outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. One winner is selected from each school, and eight winners also will receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant, which can be used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s professional development.
The Golden Apple Award program is sponsored by Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture. Teachers from Pre-K through Grade 12, in any discipline, are eligible for the award based upon demonstrated excellence in teaching and in community involvement. Nomination criteria include creating a love of learning among all students, stimulating thought and dialogue in the classroom, raising student expectations for success, understanding and providing for individual student needs, and involving families in the education process.
Dr. Kevin Castner, retired Superintendent for Albemarle County Public Schools, and John Baldino, retired director of Blue Ridge Uniserv, co-chair the selection committee, which also includes parent council representatives from the county and city school divisions and representatives from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and Blue Ridge Uniserv.
Nomination forms are available at individual schools or online at www.k12albemarle.org. The deadline for school principals to receive nominations from students, parents, school staff, and community members is February 12, 2014.
Golden Apple Award winners will be announced in May.
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