Golden Apple


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.

2021 Golden Apple Teachers
Christine Fernandez,  Teacher of the Year, Shady Hill Elementary School
Emma Dingman, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Emerald Shores Elementary School
Daphne Butler, North Marion Middle School
Christopher Lanza, Ward-Highlands Elementary School
Heather Nesbitt, North Marion High School
Christine Otero, West Port High School

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.