Hersey, Prospect teachers nominated for Golden Apple
Michael Ayala, a world languages teacher at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, and John Camardella, a social science teacher at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect are among the finalists for the 2016 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Teachers who receive the Golden Apple award are nominated for making a difference in their students' lives and working to build a stronger, better-educated community.
Winners of both awards will be announced later this spring, but the 30 finalists for the teaching award and the four Golder finalists will be honored during a ceremony April 2 at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare. Golden Apple will also honor the winner at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership event May 20, and during a WTTW Channel 11 live broadcast.
The Golden Award winner will receive $10,000 for his or her professional development and a school project of their choice.
The Golden Apple award selection committee, after a final review and classroom observation, will choose 10 of the 30 teaching finalists to receive the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Winners will receive $5,000, one tuition-free spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University and membership into the Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.
Besides Ayala and Camardella, suburban teachers named finalists are:
• Colleen Backer, St. Charles North High School in St. Charles
• Jeff Grant, Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove
• Mark Hibner, Palatine High School in Palatine
• Peter McNulty, Loyola Academy High School in Wilmette
• Joshua Norten, Cary-Grove Community High School in Cary
• Sherri Rukes, Libertyville High School in Libertyville
The Golder Leadership Award is presented annually to a prekindergarten through high school principal who shows commitment to student achievement and expertise in curriculum, instruction and assessment. It's named in memory of a founding Golden Apple board member.
Krause, who is in his ninth year as Willowbrook's principal, has overseen implementation of the Villa Park school's Warrior Code -- to "Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Engaged" -- which has contributed to a positive school culture, he said.
Under Krause's leadership, the school has also put in place a "Warrior Time" resource period for students to receive extra academic help during the school day.
"The toughest part about an award like this is it names myself, but the incredible work happens because of the incredible staff, students and community," Krause said.