Three area teachers are finalists for the prestigious Golden Apple Award.
Ann Fehser, a second-grade teacher at John Laidlaw Elementary School in Western Springs; Melissa Halusek, a second-grade teacher at Pleasantdale Elementary School in La Grange; and
Alyssa Lipuma, a third-grade teacher at Brook Park Elementary School in La Grange Park, are among 30 finalists for the award.
The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching were the idea of Golden Apple founder Martin J. Koldyke, who felt excellent teachers did not receive adequate recognition for their contributions to building a stronger, better-educated society, according to the Golden Apple website. Every year since 1986, Golden Apple has chosen 10 outstanding teachers to receive the award.
Fehser, Halusek and Lipuma, along with the other Golden Apple finalists and the seven pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school leaders who are finalists for the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award, will be honored during a celebration Feb. 24 at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare at 5550 N. River Road in Rosemont.
More information is available by going to goldenapple.org.
"This year's award finalists, selected through an anonymous process, represent accomplished educators who are embracing very complex assignments to enrich and advance the lives of students," Golden Apple President and CEO Alicia Winckler said in a news release from the organization. "These awards shine a bright light on the incredible work happening in our schools. On behalf of Golden Apple, we applaud the teacher and school leader finalists for their initiative, innovation, dedication and perseverance."