May 1, 2013
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today congratulated three teachers who have been awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012-2013.
Katherine Dube, 9th grade English teacher at TEAM Englewood Community Academy; Liz Copper, science teacher at Lindblom Math & Science Academy; and Scott Galson, math teacher at Walter Payton College Prep, were each honored during surprise visits to their classrooms this 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 510 nominees from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
"On behalf of the District, I congratulate Ms. Katherine Dube, Ms. Liz Copper and Mr. Scott Galson, as recipients of this year's Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence," said Byrd-Bennett. "All three teachers exemplify dedication to their students and a commitment to providing all children with a quality, 21st Century education. We could not be more proud of these outstanding teachers."
Golden Apple has recognized outstanding Chicago-area educators annually since 1986. The creation of Golden Apple founders Mike and Pat Koldyke, the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their contributions to building a stronger, better-educated citizenry.
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.
2013 Golden Apple Awards recipients will be honored at a black-tie event on October 12 at WTTW Studios in Chicago. WTTW will broadcast the awards in a one-hour television program following the event.
Awards focus on a rotating group of grade levels (Pre-K-3, 4-8, and 9-12). Golden Apple is now accepting applications for 2014, when 4-8 grade teachers will be honored.
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.