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Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico is accepting nominations for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2015.
Nominations are due online or at the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico offices (PO Box 40469, Albuquerque, N.M. 87196) by April 30.
Teachers will be selected first and foremost on the basis of the quality of their teaching. Teachers receiving the award will also demonstrate a commitment to the profession of teaching and to their own professional growth as well as that of their colleagues.
Nominated teachers will complete a comprehensive application describing their teaching methods, professional development experiences, community volunteerism, and other aspects of their teaching philosophy. Applications are read and scored first by teachers who have won the Award in past years and then by a selection committee composed of active and retired educators.
In the final stage of the selection process, a three-member team of the selection committee will conduct a full-day site visit at each finalist’s school. The team will observe the teacher in the classroom and interview the principal, other teachers, parents, students, and the finalist.
The award includes a cash stipend and $4,000 to be used by each winning teacher toward his or her professional development. Each also receives a laptop computer donated by Intel Corporation. Award winners become part of the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, an ongoing professional community of outstanding teachers from around New Mexico.
The Golden Apple Award has been given since 1996 to 123 New Mexico teachers, recognizing that the quality of their teaching is the single most important in-school factor in their students’ academic success.
The 2015 award is for middle school teachers, grades six through eight. Nominations can be made online at Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico’s website: goldenapplenm.org/nominate.aspx. Forms can also be mailed, simply contact the office at 505-268-5337.