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Golden Apple

Congratulations to Our 2024 Teacher of the Year:

Jennifer Brown, Forest High

Congratulations to Our 2024 Rookie Teacher of the Year:

Carlie Schrimsher, Greenway Elementary

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Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, developed in 1991, honors and rewards excellence in teaching. Each school selects their teacher of the year, who then participates in the selection process. Each year five outstanding teachers are named Golden Apple Teachers and become members of the Golden Apple Academy, a growing association of exceptional educators. Of the Golden Apples, one is named as Marion County’s Teacher of the Year at the Golden Apple Gala. The Public Education Foundation also selects the Rookie Teacher of the Year representing the newest educators in our school district.

The latest class of Golden Apple teachers includes:
  • Jennifer Brown – Marion County Teacher of the year
    • Jennifer currently teaches Geometry to grades nine through twelve. She has 21 years of teaching experience with 14 years of them being with Marion County Public Schools.
  • Miranda Brogan – Golden Apple Teacher
    • Miranda currently teaches AICE United States History to grades ten through twelve. She has been teaching for 7 years, all of them with Marion County Public Schools.
  • Alysia Hoekstra – Golden Apple Teacher
    • Alysia currently teaches fourth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. She has been a teacher for 16 years, all within Marion County Public Schools.
  • Timothy Mathews – Golden Apple Teacher
    • Timothy currently teaches Drama to grades six through eight. He has 10 years of teaching experience, the last three with Marion County Public Schools.
  • Stephanie Prisciandaro
    • Stephanie currently teaches high school Spanish 1 to eighth graders. She has been teaching for 19 years, all of them with Marion County Public Schools.

Golden Apple Academy

The Golden Apple Academy is composed of the top five teachers and top rookie teacher of Marion County every year. It is a growing association of exceptional educators. Once a member of the Academy, the goal is to support and lift up our educators that are making a positive impact on our children.

Golden Apple Gala

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Gala is an annual event held to honor Marion County’s outstanding educators. Each school based Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom.

Photos from the 2022 Golden Apple Gala

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