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Names of Golden Apple semifinalists released

Thursday, December 18, 2008  
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Posted December 18, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
The 20 semifinalists have been named for the 2009 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The finalists, 6th-12th grade teachers from Winnebago and Boone County, were chosen by a selection committee of community volunteers.
Next, the teachers will be observed in their classroom on four separate occasions in January and February. They’ll also be interviewed. Each Golden Apple teacher will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford College Scholarship, a laptop computer compliments of SupplyCore, a desktop computer compliments of Rockford Computers for Schools and computer software compliments of Entre Computer Solutions. 
Teachers also will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy.
The annual Golden Apple Banquet to honor the recipients is April 24 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.
The semifinalists are:
Patricia A. Arnold, Boylan Catholic High School, Biology/Anatomy & Physiology
Kari L. Bukowski, Hononegah High School, English
Chris Dertz, Pecatonica Middle & High School, Social Studies/Geography/Western Civilization
Michael T. Doyle, Belvidere North High School, Journalism/Newspaper/Yearbook
Gretchen Fillweber, Hononegah High School, English
Trey Fisk, Rockford Lutheran Jr./Sr. High School, Physics/Algebra
Cecile Flowers, East High School, Biology/Careers
Megan Forsythe, Prairie Hill School, Mathematics
Lynn M. Graczyk, Jefferson High School, English
Molly Lilja, North Boone Upper Elementary School, Math/Reading/Social Studies/Lang. Arts
Jessica M. Lindvall-Powell, Roscoe Middle School, Mathematics/Pre-Algebra
Charles Matlock, Auburn Freshman Campus, Technical Theatre/Chorus/Drama
William J. McLaughlin, Lincoln Middle School, Science/English
Janet L. McMahon, Belvidere South Middle School, Science
Xan Milne, Harlem High School, Mathematics
Aprel Prunty, Auburn High School, English
Ann E. Reynolds, Hononegah High School, Health
Penny Spears, Belvidere Central Middle School, Mathematics
Jamie Thayer, Eisenhower Middle School, Social Studies
Paula Tosi, Belvidere Central Middle School, Language Arts

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