O’Fallon teacher selected as a finalist for Golden Apple Award

By Kate Crutcher

O’FALLON – O’Fallon Township High School is pleased to announce that one of their Spanish teachers, Libby Magee, has been selected as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Magee was chosen, along with 31 other high school educators, out of 550 nominations, throughout the state of Illinois. 

“To meet the increasing demand for recognition of teachers and leaders, we are thrilled to expand our prestigious awards throughout Illinois to highlight the importance and lasting, positive effects of highly effective educators, master teachers, and exemplary school leaders.” said Alicia Winckler, CEO of Golden Apple. 

Golden Apple is one of the leading nonprofits in Illinois, who are committed to recognizing educators who are leading their students into the future. The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching is given to a group of teachers who are having positive effects on their students’ lives. These teachers are helping their students grow and learn for the future. Teachers may not nominate themselves, however fellow coworkers, parents and students, along with community members may nominate them. 

“One of the things I love about my students is, when I give them an assignment, they all will bring me something different, because they are all unique individuals, so I like to see how they personalize their work to fit the curriculum,” Magee said.

On Saturday, February 23, all award finalists will be honored at the Golden Apple Celebration of Excellence, held at the Tinley Park Convention Center. The educators who will be receiving the 2019 Golden Apple Award will be notified by surprise visits to their classroom, in the spring.