Golden Apple Award Winners

Congratulations to National Louis University’s
2015 Golden Apple winners:


Fontane Thomas
M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education

Fontaine Thomas Golden Apple 2015

Sonya Fields
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Sonja Fields Golden Apple 2015


Amy Orvis
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
James Schoepski
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Laurie Meyer
M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Rockford Golden Apple 2015

For more than 125 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-seven National Louis University alumni have received the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award since its inception. 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."

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

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


Margot Van Dyke (C)
Rozy Patel (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)
2001 James Arey (C)
Murray Fisher (C)

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