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IFT members named 2022 Golden Apple awards finalists

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. Following a highly competitive process, we're proud to announce that more than half of the 30, 9–12th 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 2022 Golden Apple finalists are:

  • Anne Boyle, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Nicholas Canady, Local 3957, Mt. Zion Federation of Teachers

  • Cristen Chapman, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Robert Davis, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • William Ejzak, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Alan Hennagir, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Amy Jesionowski, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Andrew Jones, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Laurel Kulig, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Anna Lane, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Kerri Largo, Local 1211, SD211 Teachers

  • Mary Lopez, Local 1211, SD211 Teachers

  • Michelle Marconi, Local 1211, District 214 Education Assn.

  • Annette Olszewski, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Sharon Ponder-Ballard, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Puja Ramaswamy, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

  • Jennifer Trejo, Local 1, Chicago Teachers Union

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.


CONGRATULATIONS to our incredible IFT finalists!

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