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, Presenting Sponsor of the
Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, were joined by Champions For Learning
board members, sponsors, and volunteers to present the awards to the teachers
in their classrooms.
59 Teachers of Distinction (4 co-teacher teams) representing 55 Collier County Public Schools shared their best practices. Champions For Learning’s community-based selection committee identified six (6) practices to highlight as part of the Golden Apple process.
to the following 2018-2019 Golden Apple recipients. See attached list for the names of the Teachers
- Philip G.
Barton, Immokalee Middle School
Benedict, Gulf Coast High School
Cashion/Deniece Giovinazzo (Co-Teachers), East Naples Middle School
Fusco, Vineyards Elementary School
Stafford, Lake Park Elementary School
Striz, Village Oaks Elementary School
“At Suncoast Credit Union, 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 recognize 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.”
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 $250
award, and the Golden Apple recipients receive an additional cash award thanks
to the Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation.
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 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 29, 2019. We will also be honoring William R. Barker as
the 2018-2019 Heart of the Apple recipient for his contribution to our
Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers is presented by Suncoast Credit Union and
is generously hosted by the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Additional support is
provided by our Major Sponsors: Conditioned Air, eBella Magazine, the Mary
Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Moorings Park, Naples Daily News, NBC-2,
and Wells Fargo.
hashtag will be #GoldenAppleCollier and #Champs4Collier
to sponsor a school to attend the event are available. For more information on
event sponsorships and ticket sales go to www.ChampionsForLearning.org/GA.
students, and the entire community are invited to join in the celebration by
tuning in to NBC-2 for the Golden Apple television program highlighting the
great work of teachers in Collier County classrooms. The program will be aired on Friday, March 29
on NBC-2 at 8:00pm, and rebroadcast multiple times after on The Education