As a non-profit organization that works to develop, support, and recognize teacher excellence, Golden Apple annually awards outstanding Illinois educators the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. This year, we're proud to announce that more than half of the 32 K-3rd grade finalists are IFT members!
The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching honors educators for having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and school communities. Teacher finalists demonstrate - in their teaching and results - significant, positive impact on their students’ growth and learning.
Outstanding IFT educators who were named 2021 Golden Apple finalists are:
A record-setting 708 nominations were received from 67 Illinois counties for this year’s award. Winners will be announced this spring. Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash award and become a fellow of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.