15th Annual Golden Apple Awards
Sponsored by Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture
Information Packet and Nomination Form
About the Award
Richard L. Nunley, Chairman, is pleased to announce that Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture is sponsoring the 15th Annual Golden Apple Awards for outstanding teachers in our community's school systems. These awards are presented to faculty members from the public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City, including CATEC. Eligible private schools are those that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).
The Golden Apple Award is a means of selecting and honoring some of our outstanding teachers. Teachers are most important in nurturing our children's inquisitive minds and preparing them for the challenges of the future.
The Golden Apple Award
One winner will be selected from each school. Award recipients receive a Golden Apple, as well as gift certificates from local businesses. As a "Golden Apple" teacher, each recipient is eligible to receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant. Grants are awarded to eight candidates: three elementary, two middle, and two high school candidates, and one from the schools that are members of the VAIS. The grant award is used for classroom materials or to support the recipient's continued professional development. Golden Apple Award recipients will be announced in May.
Candidates are teachers at any level (pre-school through grade 12) and in any discipline. Candidates for this award have demonstrated excellence in teaching and involvement in the community outside the school. For more information, see Nomination Criteria.
Golden Apple Award recipients who received this award within the past three years are not eligible for nomination.
The nominee exhibits the following characteristics:
- Creates a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds.
- Stimulates thought and provokes student dialogue.
- Challenges students to reach high standards and expectations.
- Understands the needs of students individually and collectively, and meets those needs with determination, enthusiasm and imagination.
- Involves families in the education process.
- Based on the nomination criteria, candidates may be nominated for the Golden Apple Award by colleagues, students, and/or community members. Deadline to submit a nomination: Thursday, February 4, 2016.
- Nominations must be forwarded to and signed by the school principal for advancement to the selection process (signature obtained in "Part 2" of the nomination form).
- The Selection Committee reviews the nominations and qualifies them for the selection process.
- One candidate from each school will be selected as a Golden Apple Award recipient.
- Award recipients receive a Golden Apple, as well as gift certificates from local businesses. As a "Golden Apple" teacher, each recipient is eligible to receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant. Grants are awarded to eight candidates: three elementary, two middle, and two high school candidates of the public schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville and CATEC, and one from the schools that are members of the VAIS. The grant award can be used for classroom materials or to support the recipients's continued professional development. Golden Apple Award winners are announced in May.
Golden Apple Award recipients are invited to a reception in their honor on May 12, 2016, in The Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building - McIntire. Golden Apple Grant recipients will be selected and announced at the ceremony.
Co-Chairs: (Appointed by Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture)
- Dr. Kevin Castner, retired Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools
- John Baldino, former Director, Blue Ridge Uniserv and current Hearing Officer for Albemarle County Public Schools
- Rhonda Angel, Parent Council, Albemarle County Public Schools
- Jakki Crocker, Parent Council, Charlottesville City Schools
- Bekah Saxon, Blue Ridge Uniserv
2015 Award Winners
Barbara J. Carswell, Agnor-Hurt Elementary School
Karin Anne Ryan, Albemarle High School
Beth A. Roesch, Baker Butler Elementary School
Brandon Flowers, Broadus Wood Elementary School
Darci K. Palmer, Brownsville Elementary School
Jesse Mercer, Burley Middle School
Loi Ann Stoddart, Cale Elementary
Erika Pietrzak Pierce, Community Public Charter School
Brandy Alexandra Garbaccio, Crozet Elementary School
Sarah Scott, Greer Elementary School
Diana Pace, Henley Middle School
Robin Christine Aldridge, Hollymead Elementary School
Julie Stavitski, Jack Jouett Middle School
Andrew W. Sherogan, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
Lynn Nichols, Monticello High School
Hollins Mills, Murray Elementary School
Mary Kelly, Murray High School
Beth Kavounas, Red Hill Elementary School
Christyne Clemson Fayard, Scottsville Elementary School
Judith Meador Larrick, Stone-Robinson Elementary School
Julia Trammell-McGill, Stoney Point Elementary School
Bill Briesemeister, Sutherland Middle School
Jennifer Graham, Walton Middle School
Adam Mulcahy, Western Albemarle High School
Leslie Wills-Taylor, Woodbrook Elementary School
Shanice D. Gray, Yancy Elementary School
21st Century Learning Grant Award Winners:
Contact Jill Magistro, Albemarle County Public Schools, at 434-296-5820.