May 10, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today congratulated three CPS teachers who have been named Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award recipients for the 2011-2012 school year. Monique Blakes, 1st grade teacher at Oscar DePriest Elementary School; Elizabeth Luna, kindergarten teacher at Murray Language Academy; and Susan Stephan, 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Norwood Park Elementary, were each honored during surprise visits to their classrooms this week, which is National Teacher Appreciation Week. The three CPS educators are among 10 recipients of the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and were selected from a pool of 560 nominees from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
“On behalf of CPS and the Board of Education, I congratulate Ms. Blakes, Ms. Luna and Mrs. Stephan who each exemplify what teaching is all about,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “The District is especially proud of these inspiring educators for their creativity in the classroom, and we thank them for their dedication which makes a difference in the lives of CPS students every day. I extend our gratitude to all teachers across Chicago for the countless hours spent, both in and out of the classroom, helping to educate our future leaders.”
The recipients of the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching receive a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University and a $3,000 cash award. Golden Apple teachers also become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, which develops and supports programs for teachers to make them more effective in the classroom.
2012 Golden Apple Awards recipients will be honored at a black-tie event on October 12 at WTTW Studios in Chicago. WTTW also will broadcast the awards in a one-hour television program following the event.
Golden Apple has recognized outstanding Chicago-area educators annually since 1986.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.