2011 Golden Apples: 6 winners announced in Collier County

2011 Golden Apple Awards

Six Collier County teachers honored

A little hand reached out to the gold apple in Kim Sweat’s hand.

“Is that real?” the student asked.

Sweat looked at the apple.

“No, it’s not. But it feels that way with all of you here,” she said.

Representatives from The Education Foundation of Collier County, School Board members and Superintendent Dennis Thompson spent time Thursday handing out The Education Foundation’s annual Golden Apple Awards, which are given to teachers who exhibit excellence in the classroom.

Golden Gate Middle teacher strikes up the band in winning

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Immokalee Tech Center teacher wins school's first apple

Manatee Middle teacher says eighth-graders is her 'niche'

North Naples Middle teacher compares winning to Stanley Cup

Corkscrew Elementary teacher credits her 'bears'

“Effective teachers have the power to turn on each child to life-long learning and achieving, and they also are the most effective bridges between the community and its schools,” said Alan Horton, 2010-11 Golden Apple Chairman, in a statement.

Teachers were nominated by students, parents and community members last year. Once nominated, educators could send an application to the selection committee for review.

The selection committee read the applications blind and narrowed the field to 60 teachers, who were then observed in their classrooms by a core committee. That team was responsible for choosing 30 Teachers of Distinction.

The Teachers of Distinction were then interviewed and observed once more, after which the six Golden Apple teachers were chosen.

“Thank you to all of you. This is a tremendous honor for our school,” New Beginnings Principal Bill Spano told committee and community members who came to present the award to Sweat.

Each Apple teacher receives $1,800, an engraved Golden Apple and a basket of Golden Delicious apples for their classroom, among other gifts.

The Golden Apple Teachers and the Teachers of Distinction will be recognized at the 21st Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program presented by the Suncoast for Kids Foundation on May 3 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

The black-tie affair gives students, parents and the community the opportunity to recognize the teachers for their contributions. It also allows the six Golden Apple teachers to speak about their profession.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Education Foundation at (239) 643-4755.

Connect with K-12 education policy reporter Katherine Albers at www.naplesnews.com/staff/katherine-albers/.

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RayPray writes:

I was told from someone inside the school system that as long as you were not caught drunk or molesting a child, sooner or later everyone got one of these awards in our inflation of self-congratulation lifestyles....

Check this:

"wow1221 writes:

I personally know that one recipient of this batch of Golden Apple awards obtained a Master's Degree online (I'm pretty sure the work was done by others) and can't compose a letter without using improper grammar and a lot of misspelled words. I'm stunned that this one is a "winner"! "

u2cane writes:

Yes Ray, and I can make stuff up as well. The minute I trust what someone writes on here as truth is the minute hell freezes over. Teaching is a lot harder than people give them credit for, I know I wouldn't want that job, but am thankful these people do.

Congrats to the winners, nice to see more than just elementary school teachers winning the golden apple.

RayPray writes:

in response to u2cane:

Yes Ray, and I can make stuff up as well. The minute I trust what someone writes on here as truth is the minute hell freezes over. Teaching is a lot harder than people give them credit for, I know I wouldn't want that job, but am thankful these people do.

Congrats to the winners, nice to see more than just elementary school teachers winning the golden apple.

More making stuff up--

"flcertifiedteacher writes:

in response to joes:

I am always happy when a great teacher is recognized and honored.

However, here is my take on why their names do not appear: perhaps some of these "winning" teachers did not actually teach their classes, and a full-time student teacher taught the class instead.

This is what happened to me when I trained as a student teacher in Collier.

I taught full-time as a student teacher, and had to stop teaching whenever the Golden Apple committee came to observe, so the regular classroom teacher could then jump in and pretend she had been teaching.

She then "won." However, she didn't actually teach. Those were my lesson plans, my materials, my ideas, etc.

BTW, she went on to become principal, despite not having the degree required.

That's life in Collier County Public Schools.

One scam after another...

http://www.colliercountysunshinerevie...

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