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South Loop School Celebrates History-Making Double Golden Apple Winners

Students swarmed teachers Helen Chan and Rick Coppola as both won the prestigious Golden Apple award at a surprise pep rally.

South Loop

Chicago Lawn Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award: ‘Her Presence Extends Beyond This Classroom’ 

Anquineice Brown, a fourth-grade teacher at Marquette Elementary School, was surprised with the award Thursday.

Midway, West Lawn

Lakeview Teacher Who Left Chalk Messages For Students During Pandemic Wins Golden Apple Award

Rachel Werderits, a sixth-grade teacher at St. Andrew School, was surprised with the prestigious award Tuesday. Golden Apple winners get $5,000 and a Northwestern University sabbatical.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Lakeview Teacher Who Wrote Chalk Messages Outside Students’ Homes During Pandemic Is Golden Apple Finalist

Rachel Werderits, a sixth-grade teacher at St. Andrew School, is adored by her students for setting high expectations while making the classroom a fun place to learn.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

West Side Teacher Who Uses Real Life Lessons To Teach Social Studies Wins Golden Apple Award

"It's not only teaching people about the past, but it is also giving them the belief they can change things," Westinghouse College Prep teacher Robert Davis said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lakeview Teacher Who Created Protest Music Lesson Plan After George Floyd’s Murder Wins Golden Apple

Puja Ramaswamy, a choir teacher at Lake View High School, was surprised with the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching while rehearsing Tuesday for an upcoming concert.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

North Side Teacher Who Brought ‘1619 Project’ Into His Classroom Is A Finalist For Golden Apple Award

“You can teach about racism, systemic racism, and you can always point a finger somewhere else. ... But good literature doesn’t do that. It forces you to look at yourself," said Northside College Prep teacher Alan Hennagir.

North Park

South Side Golden Apple Award Winner Hopes To Bring More Black Men Into Teaching

Michael Stewart, who teaches at LEARN South Chicago, is among 10 teachers to be honored with the prestigious award this year.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Logan Square Deaf Education Teacher Surprised With Golden Apple Award

Salmon P. Chase Public School teacher Colleen McKenna has taught deaf education for 15 years and volunteers after hours to teach sign language to non-hearing impaired students.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

John B. Murphy Elementary School Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award And $5,000

“It’s a tremendous honor and I hope to do you all proud," Jenine Wehbeh told colleagues Friday morning.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park