Golden Apple Awards

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Golden Apple nominations are now closed for the 2021 year. When the nomination period is open, nominations may be submitted by any of the following: staff, students, former students, parents, administrators, or community members. Individuals may not nominate themselves or immediate family members, which includes spouses, children, or in-laws. 

Winners of the Golden Apple Awards must demonstrate dedication to children and education. They must have a reputation for professionalism and have the respect of both staff and students. The award winners will constantly go out of their way to help others and consistently look for new ways to positively influence the lives of children.

Nominations must be submitted using our online nomination form. Nominations must include the following: A fully completed nomination form, including the name of the nominee, his/her school building, grade level, subjects taught or duties performed, nominator's name and phone number, one paragraph regarding the nominee's school-related responsibilities and contributions and one paragraph explaining why your nominee is deserving of recognition. 


2020 Golden Apple Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2020 Golden Apple of the Year recipients who were recognized in December with private recognitions following social distancing guidance. 

Para Educator of the Year - Jessica Chester, Sunnyside High School 

Specialist of the Year -  Tyler Rablin, SHS Instructional Technology Coach

Office Staff Member of the Year - Brenda Meyer, Human Resources

Middle School Teacher of the Year - Caitlin Smith, Eighth Grade Teacher, HMS

Support Staff Member of the Year - Moises Hernandez, Maintenance and Custodial Department

Middle School Extracurricular Staff Member of the Year - Bruce Lindell, Basketball Coach, HMS

High School Extracurricular Staff Member of the Year - Elizabeth Wiederspohn, Yearbook Advisory, SHS

Elementary Teacher of the Year - Veronica Saenz, 1st Grade Teacher, Pioneer Elementary

High School Teacher of the Year - Paula Greene, Special Education Teacher, SHS

Administrator of the Year - Holly Ohler, Assistant Principal, SHS


Be sure to check out all of our past Golden Apple winners dating back to 2011.

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