Golden Apple has announced that Oak Park and River Forest High School English teacher Jessica Stovall is one of 30 finalists for the 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards recognize and honor 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 400 nominations, and represent 9th-12th grade teachers throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
The 30 finalists will experience a final round of review and classroom observations prior to the selection and announcement this spring of the 10 award recipients. Golden Apple’s award selection committee comprises college and university professors, educational consultants, administrators and former Golden Apple Award recipients. As part of the final selection process, the finalists will be observed in their classrooms, 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. Each recipient also receives 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.