Gazette opinion: Time for Billings to pick Golden Apples

2012-02-03T00:10:00Z Gazette opinion: Time for Billings to pick Golden Apples The Billings Gazette
February 03, 2012 12:10 am

Think about the teacher whose enthusiasm makes your child eager to go to class every day. Remember the instructor whose creative teaching methods turn math, English or science into educational fun for kids.

Is there a teacher who helped your child through a particularly tough time? An educator who went above and beyond to accommodate the special needs of a K-12 student? A secretary, counselor or custodian who is Super Woman or Super Man at your school?

If you can answer any of these questions with the name of a person who works in Billings area schools, it’s time to make a Golden Apple Award nomination.

The Golden Apple Awards are a longstanding Billings tradition. These awards stand out from the many honors that educators receive because Golden Apples are awarded by the community. Anyone may make a nomination: parents, students, coworkers, other community members.

Six winners will be selected by a panel of local volunteers. Golden Apples will be awarded to two elementary teachers, one middle school teacher, one high school teacher, one specialist or administrator and one support professional (such as a secretary, aide or custodian). The awards program covers all Billings Public Schools, all accredited private and parochial schools in Billings and all rural public elementary and middle schools whose students attend Billings high schools.

Winners will be honored at the annual Educator Appreciation Awards Banquet on April 26 at the Crowne Plaza.

Nomination deadline is Feb. 29.

The Golden Apple Committee — all volunteers — is co-chaired by Mary Jo Fox and Penny Copps. This year, the committee has arranged to make the nominating process easier than ever because nominations may be made online through the Billings Public Schools website.

The form is brief, but the nominator needs to describe why the educator deserves a Golden Apple. The nomination can be completed online or the form may be printed out, completed and mailed before Feb. 29. Also, nomination forms should be available at all of the local schools.

It doesn’t take a large number of nominations for an educator to win. One compelling letter can be sufficient. However, each letter should give examples of what the educator did to be an excellent teacher or role model in school or in the larger community. Letters should describe how this person positively affected you or someone you know.

Now that you are thinking of Golden Apples, don’t delay. Nominate an excellent educator today.

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