Teachers play a vital role in the lives of our children. The purpose of the Golden Apple Awards Program is to recognize excellence in the teaching profession and to inform the public of the exceptional quality of instruction in the Joplin community.
It is also an opportunity to recognize the importance of education and the tremendous resource we have in our teaching professionals.
Eighty-six Joplin teachers were nominated for Golden Apple awards, which reward local educators. Teachers can be nominated by students, parents or other teachers. The Golden Apple awards program is in its 34th year. The awards by grade level:
Kindergarten to second grade: Betsy James, Cecil Floyd Elementary School.
Third to fifth grade: Lauren Frieden, Stapleton Elementary School.
Sixth to eighth grade: Heather Van Otterloo, South Middle School.