Sunday, October 22, 2017

Champions For Learning Announces Golden Apple Recipients

golden apple on a desk

“naplesOn Valentine’s Day, students in six Collier County classrooms received bushels of Golden Delicious apples as their teachers were surprised with Golden Apple awards, which highlight best practices in teaching.

Representatives from Suncoast Credit Union  were joined by Champions For Learning board members, sponsors, and volunteers to present the awards to the teachers in their classrooms.

The 2016-17 Golden Apple recipients are:

  • Joanna Campanile and Janell Matos, Poinciana Elementary
  • Anne Fredette, Lorenzo Walker Technical College
  • Ashley Lynn Heirls, Highlands Elementary
  • Maria T. LaRocco, Sabal Palm Elementary
  • Amanda McCoy, Manatee Middle
  • Stacy M. Smith, Palmetto Ridge High

“We believe that the stronger we make our teachers, the stronger our students will be. For this reason, we create opportunities for educators to share best practices and to grow professionally,” said Cindy Helton, executive director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.  “The Golden Apple Awards enable us to recognized teachers whose dedication and practices stand above the rest. We hope that the grants will inspire them to continue investing in our students and to develop innovative practices.”

The 2016-17 Golden Apple recipients will each receive a grant (up to $5,000) from Suncoast Credit Union to allow the building of best practices.  All Teachers of Distinction receive a $500 award, and the Golden Apple recipients receive an additional $500 award thanks to the Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation.

The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is funded through the credit union members’ use of their debit and credit cards. The Suncoast for Schools Rewards Debit Card and VISA Credit Card program automatically generates funds that are dedicated to education and health-related initiatives benefiting children in the local community.

The community will honor and thank the Golden Apple Recipients, Teachers of Distinction, and Collier County Public Schools Teachers of the Year at the Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner on March 31.  They will also be honoring Myra Janco Daniels as the 2016-2017 Heart of the Apple recipient for her contribution to our community.

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