COLLIER COUNTY — Six Collier County teachers were honored in March with the 2010 Golden Apple Award.
The process began for the teachers last fall when they were nominated for the award. The teachers submitted a written application and a selection committee narrowed the field of applicants to 60. The 60 teachers were observed and scored by a group of community volunteers. The application and initial observation scores are combined to identify 31 Teachers of Distinction.
The 31 Teachers of Distinction are then observed by the selection committee, which chooses the final six.
Each of the Golden Apple recipients receives $2,000 from the Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation, an engraved Golden Apple and other gifts from the community.
The Naples Daily News and naplesnews.com will be profiling one teacher per week leading up to the 20th annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition program presented by Suncoast for Kids Foundation on May 4 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
Here are profiles of the 2010 Collier County Golden Apple teachers: