Golden Apple Award Winners

Congratulations to National Louis University’s
2016 Golden Apple winner:


Tiffany Aurand 2016 Golden Apple Winner  

Tiffany Aurand
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

You can read more about our most recent Golden Apple winner on our blog.

For more than 130 years, National Louis University has provided 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-nine National Louis University alumni have been awarded the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award. This group of winners is made up of teachers from both the Golden Apple Chicago and the Golden Apple Rockford communities.

In 2014, the Chicago-based Golden Apple Foundation created the Stanley C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership Award to recognize outstanding principals. National Louis University alumnus Christine Adler was awarded this honor in 2015.

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 many Golden Apple recipients are 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 taken by the excellent teachers we honor passes through NLU."

Chicago's Golden Apple Teaching Excellence recipients each receive tuition-free sabbaticals at Northwestern University, $5,000 cash award, and induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Educators. Rockford-based awardees are rewarded with scholarships, stipends, and resources to enhance their classroom. Golder Award winners receive $10,000 to be used for professional development and a school project of his choosing.

NLU Golder Principal Award Winners

2015 Christine Adler

Previous NLU Golden Apple Award Winners

(C) = Golden Apple Chicago (R) = Golden Apple Rockford


Sonya Fields (C)
Laurie Meyer (R)
Amy Orvis (R)
James Schoepski (R)
Fontane Thomas (C)

2001 James Arey (C)
Murray Fisher (C)

Rozy Patel (C)
Erin Salberg (R)
Margot Van Dyke (C)

2000 Carl Berg (C)
Shari Frost (C)
Lucy Klocksin (C)

Michael D. Winebrenner (R)

1999 Jacquie McGrew (C)
Sandra Pye (C)
2012 Monique Blakes (C)
Pamela Kelly (C)
1997 Clare Billingham (C)
Cheryl Chapman (C)
Nancy Dailey (C)
Margaret (Peggy) Nadziejko (C)
Susan Van (C)
2011 Judy Choi (C)
Arleta Ingram (C)
Gerard Kovach (C)
Kyle Radcliff (C)
1996 Charles (Barry) Gold (C)
Georgene (Jean) Sims (C)
2010 Cindy Adami (R)
Shannon Anderson (R)
Aaron Reedy (C)
Patrice Turk (C)
1995 Mark Larson (C)
2009 Michele Mangold (C)
Megan Forsythe (R)
Lynn Marie Graczyk (R)
1994 Susan Kajiwara-Ansai (C)
Lillian Degand (C)
Susan Young (C)
2008 Holly Bontkowski (C)
Martha Kaiser (R)
Nancy Kontney (C)
Amy Meier (R)
1993 Griselle Diaz-Gemmati (C)
2007 Megan Poyner (R) 1992 Jim Effinger (C)
2006 Sandy Lucas (C)
Ziomara Perez (C)
1991 Elsa Forceca-Gonzalez (C)
2005 Jill Gontovnick (C)
Mathias (Spider) Schergen (C)
Timothy Sughroue (R)
1990 Barbara Canady (C)
Charles Sentell (C)
2004 Mary Hartshorn  (R)
Aaron Podolner (C)
Sandra Tunison (R)
Venessa Simmons-Woods (C)
1989 Lois Fisch (C)
Beverly Ruby (C)
2003 Debra (Deb) Anderson (R)
Carolyn Grantham (C)
Margaret Pyterek (C)
Jennifer Santo (C)
Brian Sewell (R)
Joan Tunnel (R)
1986 C. Randal Fowler (C)

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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