Golden Apple is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving teacher quality in Illinois, especially in schools of need. The organization aims to transform teachers and teaching through innovative programs designed to elevate student performance. They prepare and mentor future teachers. They work with existing educators to revitalize their instruction. They also honor outstanding educators through the annual Golden Apple awards, the most prestigious and coveted teaching award in Illinois.
This year, Golden Apple put a record high of 135 high school students into colleges throughout Illinois to prepare them to be teachers of the future. The people of Golden Apple mentor and train these students for four years, and in return the students commit to serving five years as teachers in schools of great need. In their time as teachers, they touch the lives of hundreds of students and prepare them for bright futures!
We think you will agree that there is no greater impact on a child's education than the quality of the teacher in his or her classrooms while growing up. Teachers can make or break our future, when you think about it. We want more great teachers for our kids. And we know you do, too. So this is our first year running a marathon team to raise funds to expand our programs at Golden Apple.