Some 88 teachers in 26 communities across the state have been nominated for the 2020 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, nominated and recognized by their students, parents, peers, administrators and communities for their ability to inspire students to learn, think and create, organizers said.
The process began last July and, after an extensive application and review process, fewer than 20 finalists will be chosen to receive site visits from the Golden Apple Selection Committee in the fall.
“Getting nominated for the Golden Apple Award is just the first step in a rigorous process,” said Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico Executive Director Brian O’Connell in a statement. “Only seven teachers will eventually receive the award, so it is very competitive. Being nominated is an important way for communities to recognize their most exceptional teachers. We are really proud to recognize and celebrate these nominees all across the state.”
Of the 88 nominated teachers, 35 are from Albuquerque, 10 from Santa Fe, five from Farmington, four from Bernalillo, Las Cruces and Rio Rancho, three each from Los Lunas and Socorro, and two each from Los Alamos and Roswell. And one teacher each was nominated from Angel Fire, Aztec, Belen, Bloomfield, Casa Blanca, Chaparral, Clovis, Cuba, Elida, Eunice, Kirtland, Magdalena, Santa Teresa, Taos, Truth or Consequences and Tularosa.
The Golden Apple Award will be announced in November. Recipients receive several benefits, including induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, a $4,000 professional development fund, and a $1,500 cash prize.
To see the complete list of 2020 Golden Apple nominees, visit www.goldenapplenm.org.