English teacher Elizabeth Farrow named 2019 Golden Apple finalist

February 6, 2019

Golden Apple has announced that Oak Park and River Forest High School English teacher Elizabeth Farrow is one of 32 finalists for the 2019 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards recognize and honor exceptional teachers with the ability and passion to make life-changing differences in the lives of students. This year’s finalists were selected from a pool of more than 550 nominations, and represent 9th-12th grade teachers throughout Illinois.


Currently in her fifth year at OPRF, Elizabeth Farrow holds a master’s degree in education and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Each summer she takes literature, writing, and pedagogy classes as she works toward a master’s degree in English from Middlebury College.


“Liz possesses a fierce work ethic and is driven by curiosity and inquiry,” English Division Head Helen Gallagher said. “She sets an example of excellence and professionalism in every interaction she has, is generous with knowledge and experience, and cares deeply about the success of our school and students.”

Award recipients will be selected and announced this spring with surprise visits to their schools. Prior to that, the finalists will experience a final round of review and classroom observations, and the selection committee will conduct interviews with the teachers’ colleagues, supervisors, students and parents.  

Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University and a $5,000 cash award. Perhaps most importantly, award recipients become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, giving them a stronger voice and a larger stage from which to make a difference in education within Illinois and nationally.

All award finalists will be honored on February 23 at the Golden Apple Celebration of Excellence, which is to be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center. To learn more about Golden Apple and view the complete list of 2019 finalists, click here.