May 13, 2010
Five Chicago Public Schools teachers received a special surprise Tuesday or Wednesday as a number of special guests, led by members of the Golden Apple Foundation, came to their classrooms to inform them they had been named winners of the prestigious Golden Apple award.
CPS teachers named as Golden Apple winners Tuesday include: Jungsun Moon, English, composition and literature teacher at King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel; Rosiland Kline-Thomas, algebra teacher at Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison; Patrice Turk, literature and composition teacher, Chicago Academy High School, 3400 N. Austin; and Aaron Reedy, biology and zoology teacher at Kelly High School, 4136 S. California.
On Wednesday, the Foundation visited the classroom of and made a Golden Apple presentation to Anthony Curtis, literature teacher at Phoenix Military Academy, 145 S. Campbell.
“These award recipients represent the best of their profession and are making a positive difference in the academic development of their students,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman, who participated in the award visit at Phoenix Military Academy. “We are proud of their demonstrated excellence and their commitment to teaching and learning, and we applaud the Golden Apple Foundation for supporting outstanding teachers.”
All Golden Apple teachers receive:
- A tuition-free spring-term sabbatical at Northwestern University.
- A $3,000 award.
- Membership in the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, which now has inducted 240 expert teachers who work together to ensure that all children have the excellent teachers they deserve.
Now celebrating its 25th year, Golden Apple has recognized outstanding Chicago-area educators annually since 1986. Founded by 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.
Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.