Golden Apple, Our Work for Students

Champions For Learning Announces Collier County Teachers of Distinction

The job of molding the minds of our future leaders is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Teachers have risen to the occasion and so many have put great ideas into practice to make a difference for our students.CVy8B8VUYAEaXZM

On December 9, Champions For Learning announced the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2015-2016 Teachers of Distinction. These teachers will continue in the Golden Apple Selection Process. From this group of teachers, five will be selected to receive a Golden Apple Award.

The Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner on April 1, 2016 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

The Presenting Sponsor of the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program is the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.

“The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program recognizes some of the most significant people in our community—teachers,” says Greg Pasanen, Regional Vice President at Suncoast Credit Union. “Our local educators are on the front lines every day. They inspire our children to achieve greatness. It is an honor to be involved in this incredible program as we highlight the teachers who have impacted our students’ lives.”

Major Sponsors include Arthrex, Centurylink, Conditioned Air, Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Moorings Park, Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, Naples Daily News, NBC-2 Waterman Broadcasting, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

Tickets for the Golden Apple are $250. Table and event sponsorship are available. For more information, please contact Jason Kurek at (239) 643-4755 or

There are also many ways to help support Collier County teachers’ great ideas and grant their wish today.  Click here to view and fund a classroom grant.