Golden Apple recipients are recognized for making a difference in their communities through their commitment to educational excellence.
Massier teaches second grade at Rock Cut Elementary in Machesney Park. She has nine years of experience and holds a master of arts in teaching and leadership from SXU as well as a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois State University. She was surprised in her classroom by Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors, her principal, her superintendent, family members, and representatives from the media.
Massier was distinguished among twenty outstanding pre-k to fifth grade teacher finalists representing the public and non-public school districts of Winnebago and Boone County. Since January, all twenty have participated in a rigorous selection process. Collectively, 300 observations were conducted in their classrooms over one month by trained Golden Apple community volunteers. In the final stage, finalists were interviewed by teams of Golden Apple Foundation volunteers.
The newest Golden Apple teachers will be welcomed to the 18th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet with a red carpet arrival on Fri., May 2 at the Radisson Hotel in Rockford, Ill. Upon their induction into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy they will be presented with a cash award, a professional development stipend from Golden Apple Foundation, a desktop computer for their classroom from Rockford Computers for Schools, a laptop compliments of Entré Computer Solutions, and the Terry Ingrassia Professional Development Scholarship at Rockford University. Once inducted, they join 165 Golden Apple Teacher Academy members in continuing to positively impact the education profession through mentoring and professional development of teachers from Winnebago & Boone Counties.