2021 Golden Apple Finalist

Unit 4 Kindergarten Teacher Named Golden Apple Award Finalist
Posted on 02/23/2021

Dominique McCotter, a kindergarten teacher at Dr. Howard Elementary, is one of 32 Pre-K-3 grade finalists for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Golden Apple, the leading Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting educators who advance educational opportunities for students announced the 2021 finalists today. The finalists account for just 4.5 percent of a record-setting 708 nominations from 67 Illinois counties.

The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching honor outstanding teachers for having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and school communities. Teacher finalists demonstrate -- in their teaching and results -- significant, positive impact on their students’ growth and learning. 

"The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching elevate the critical roles that teachers have in our society," said Alicia Winckler, CEO of Golden Apple. "While we continue to face a growing teacher shortage, we know that exceptional teachers, like the 2021 finalists, are crucial to the success of students and play a significant role in the future success of Illinois and our nation." 

The 2021 Golden Apple Award recipients will be surprised in the spring. Northwestern University generously provides a spring sabbatical to award recipients at no cost. Each recipient receives a $5,000 cash award. Award recipients become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, a community of educators who play an important role in preparing the next generation of teachers in the Golden Apple Scholars and Accelerators programs - which are dedicated to addressing the teacher shortage in Illinois.  

For more about Golden Apple and its award, visit www.goldenapple.org.

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