The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Announces the 34th Annual Golden Apple Recognition Program Award Finalists

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Friday, January 22, 2021

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The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Announces the 34th Annual Golden Apple Recognition Program Award Finalists

FORT MYERS, Fla (January 22, 2021) – The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is pleased to announce the 34th Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program Finalists. The Foundation’s Golden Apple Selection Committee, made up of community and business leaders, were charged with the arduous task of reviewing and ranking applications to select thirty finalists. Finalists were surprised in their classrooms surrounded by students, administrators, and fellow educators.

“During this very trying time in our community and throughout the world, there has been an eye-opening recognition of the importance of the teaching profession”, stated Marshall T. Bower Esq., President & CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. “Teachers have gone above and beyond to make sure they are meeting the needs of our community’s most valuable asset, our students.  These 30 Golden Apple Finalists are outstanding representatives of all our great teachers”.

2021  Annual Golden Apple Award Finalists:

Taylor Ashby – North Fort Myers High

Jamie Ayres – Cape Coral High

Yanet Barrero – North Fort Myers High

Alisa Brown – Hancock Creek Elementary

Dr. Nathan Buehler – Mirror Lakes Elementary

Joseph Camputaro – The Sanibel School

Christy Falk – Allen Park Elementary

Annette Gallipo – Bonita Springs High

Brittany Gonzalez – Tortuga Preserve Elementary

Colt Hartstein – Mariner High

Shelly Hassett – Dr. Carrie D Robinson Elementary

Anne Hester – East Lee County High

Melissa Holland – Tanglewood Elementary

Sarah Jones – Ida S Baker High

Sara Kizzire – Lehigh Senior High

Ashley Koehler – Cape Coral High

Louis Lillard – East Lee County High

Kaisha Louis – Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle

Shelby Massaro – Cypress Lake Middle

Heather Morse – Gulf Middle

Joni Pelletier – Treeline Elementary

Marylin Prysi – Villas Elementary

Jennie Rimes – Fort Myers Middle Academy

Krista Rivera – Gulf Middle

Kristen Santiago – Diplomat Middle

Barbara Scarnato – The Sanibel School

Lori Shaw – Cape Coral High

Trevor Tran – Fort Myers High

Bryan Williams – Mariner High

Dana Windey – Riverdale High

 

 

Finalists are personally interviewed and observed in their classrooms by the Golden Apple selection committee, and six teachers are selected as the Golden Apple Award Recipients. The Recipients are honored at the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Banquet, a black-tie affair being held at Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater on Friday, April 16, 2021.

 

 

Pictured 1/22/21:  Golden Apple Finalist Jamie Ayres of Cape Coral High School  

Pictured 1/22/21:  Golden Apple Finalist Jennie Rimes of Fort Myers Middle Academy and her students   

Pictured 1/22/21:  Golden Apple Finalist Joseph Camputaro of The Sanibel School and his students  

Pictured 1/22/21:  Golden Apple Finalist Annette Gallipo with Principal Jeff Estes of Bonita Springs High with staff and students 

 

 

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition ProgramTM was the first major project founded and developed by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Since its inception thirty-four years ago, as a way to enhance public education by recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching, the Foundation has awarded 189 educators with the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award.

About The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools: The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources, and experiences made possible through corporate, individual, and educational partnerships. The Foundation is rated as a 4-star Platinum nonprofit organization by GuideStar. Find us online at www.leeschoolfoundation.org, on Twitter @FoundationLCPS, and Facebook.

 

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