14th 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 14th 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: Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
- 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 14, 2015, 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
- Lisa Cetroni, Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
- Bekah Saxon, Blue Ridge Uniserv
2014 Award Winners
Mia Shand, Agnor-Hurt Elementary School
John Garland, Albemarle High School
Johanna Kennedy, Baker-Butler Elementary School
Karen Heathcock, Broadus Wood Elementary School
Amanda Fuller, Brownsville Elementary School
Gabrielle Schoppa, Burley Middle School
Lindsey Shifflett, Cale Elementary School
Kim Sirridge, Community Public Charter School
Barbara Huneycutt, Crozet Elementary School
Kaylen Kelly, Greer Elementary School
Pat Harder, Henley Middle School
Terry Gallagher, Hollymead Elementary School
Camilla Tolton, Jouett Middle School
Bonnie F. Carey, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
Madeline Michel, Monticello High School
Sara Hankins, Murray Elementary School
Nancy H. Bowen, Murray High School
Tina Bolen, Red Hill Elementary School
Tracy Armstrong, Scottsville Elementary School
Amanda Seaman, Stone-Robinson Elementary School
H. Andrew Johnson, Stony Point Elementary School
Cheryl A. Harris, Sutherland Middle School
Natalie Capps, Walton Middle School
Claudia Bendick, Western Albemarle High School
Piper R.S. Gary, Woodbrook Elementary School
Jamie Beeler, Yancey Elementary School
2013 Award Winners
12th Annual Golden Apple Award Winners:
Kathy Mallory-Chavers, Agnor-Hurt Elementary School
William P. Daly, Albemarle High School
Katherine Shifflett, Baker-Butler Elementary School
Salvatore Capecci, Broadus Wood Elementary School
Lynn Marie Hilleary, Brownsville Elementary School
Renata Germino, Buford Middle School
Maureen Jensen, Jackson P. Burley Middle School
Rachel Savoy, Burnley Moran Elementary School
Margaret Riso, Paul H. Cale Elementary School
Amanda Jay, C.A.T.E.C.
Scott Mace, Charlottesville High School
Zoë Padrón, Clark Elementary School
Ann Cooper, Community Public Charter School
Katherine V. Hamel, Crozet Elementary School
Jessica Bennett, Greenbrier Elementary School
Evan Perkiss, Mary C. Greer Elementary School
Tiffany C. Stauffer, Joseph T. Henley Middle School
Lisa King, Hollymead Elementary School
Ewell Dingani Mthethwa, Jack Jouett Middle School
Nikki Y. Franklin, Jackson Via Elementary School
April Hoffman, Johnson Elementary School
Pat Atkins, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
Mark Gottlob, Miller School of Albemarle
Amy Hale, Monticello High School
Susan Rogers Kennedy, Mountaintop Montessori School
Jessica Cleaver, Virginia L. Murray Elementary School
Dustin West, Murray High School
Amy H. Waddell, Red Hill Elementary School
Meghan Kasun, Scottsville Elementary School
Karine Boulle, St. Anne's Belfield School
Patricia Reardon, Stone-Robinson Elementary School
Matt Caduff, Stony Point Elementary School
Stephanie Lamm, Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle School
Thomas C. Spivey, Tandem Friends School
Marcia Kozloski, The Blue Ridge School
Mary Anne Fitzgerald, The Covenant School
Michael Salvatierra, Venable Elementary School
Virginia Monroe, Walker Upper Elementary School
Karen Ferrer, Leslie H. Walton Middle School
Kimberly Allen, Western Albemarle High School
Julia Reaves Green, Woodbrook Elementary School
Sarah Dwyer, Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary School
21st Century Learning Grant Award Winners:
Nancy Kendall Williams of Baker-Butler Elementary School
Steve Gissendanner of Woodbrook Elementary School
Contact Reeda Deane, Albemarle County Public Schools, at 434-296-5820.