Nominate a Teacher 

Complete the form below to nominate a 4th-8th grade teacher in Illinois for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. For questions, please contact Nellie Quintana.

Teacher's Grade Level *
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School State *
Submissions are only accepted for teachers in Illinois.
Your Name *
Your Name

Who is eligible?

  • Classroom teachers currently teaching in grades 4-8 full-time at a public or non-public school in Illinois.

  • The minimum teaching requirement requires that a candidate must be actively teaching in a full-time teaching position today and must have completed no fewer than four years of teaching prior to this school year.

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate – in their teaching and results – significant, positive impact on their students' growth and learning.

What do award recipients receive?

  • Induction into the esteemed Golden Apple Academy of Educators

  • Recognition on a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) one-hour TV program and livestream marketed to local school communities

  • A paid spring quarter sabbatical at Northwestern University in Evanston (recipients may take as many courses as they wish in any subjects they choose)

  • A $5,000 cash award