Golden Apple Award Winners

Congratulations to National Louis University’s
2012 Golden Apple winners:


Monique Blakes
Oscar DePriest Elementary School (Chicago)
1st grade


Media Coverage: WBEZ 91.5


Pamela Kelly
Naper Elementary School (Naperville)
1st grade 


Media Coverage: Daily News Herald


For more than 125 years, National Louis University has been providing teachers with exceptional preparation and professional development. From our roots established by Elizabeth Harrison to our programs focused on diverse learners in urban settings, we consistently produce teacher innovators who excel in their fields.

Sixty National Louis University alumni have received the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award since its inception in 1986. Nearly 25 percent of all Golden Apple awardees—and their students—benefit from an NLU education. This group of winners is made up of teachers from both the Golden Apple Chicago and the Golden Apple Rockford communities.

Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of the Chicago-based Golden Apple Foundation, said about National-Louis University: "It's become no surprise to me that invariably each year a Golden Apple recipient is discovered to have a National Louis heritage. While the process we employ towards championing the excellence we seek does not focus on where the degree was obtained, time and again we discover to our delight that the path the excellent teachers we honor take passes through NLU."

The 2012 honorees, all 4th-8th-grade teachers, were selected from a pool of more than 600 nominees. Chicago’s Golden Apple recipients each receive tuition-free sabbaticals at Northwestern University, a personal computer, $3,000, and induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.

Previous NLU Golden Apple Award Winners

2011 Judy Choi
Arleta Ingram
Gerard Kovach
Kyle Radcliff
1999 Jacquie McGrew
Sandra Pye
2010 Cindy Adami
Shannon Anderson
Aaron Reedy
Patrice Turk
1997 Clare Billingham
Cheryl Chapman
Nancy Dailey
Margaret (Peggy) Nadziejko
Susan Van
2009 Michele Mangold
Megan Forsythe
Lynn Marie Graczyk
1996 Charles (Barry) Gold
Georgene (Jean) Sims
2008  Holly Bontkowski
Martha Kaiser
Nancy Kontney
Amy Meier 
1995  Mark Larson 
2007  Megan Poyner 1994 Susan Kajiwara-Ansai
Lillian Degand
Susan Young 
2006 Sandy Lucas
Ziomara Perez
1993 Griselle Diaz-Gemmati 
2005 Jill Gontovnick
Mathias (Spider) Schergen
Timothy Sughroue
1992  Jim Effinger  
2004  Mary Hartshorn
Aaron Podolner
Sandra Tunison
Venessa Simmons-Woods
1991  Elsa Forceca-Gonzalez 
2003 Debra (Deb) Anderson
Carolyn Grantham
Margaret Pyterek
Jennifer Santo
Brian Sewell
Joan Tunnell
1990  Barbara Canady
Charles Sentell 
2001 James Arey
Murray Fisher
1989 Lois Fisch
Beverly Ruby
2000 Carl Berg
Shari Frost
Lucy Klocksin
1986 C. Randal Fowler

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