Nominations Are Open for the 2022 Golden Apple Awards for Teaching Excellence, Now in Its 21st Year

Community nominations are now open for the 2022 Golden Apple Awards. The program, which began in 2001, honors outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. Sponsored by Better Living Building Supply & Cabinetry, the awards recognize educators from preschool through the 12th grade for their influence on the success of their students.

Honorees are selected for a Golden Apple based upon their demonstrated excellence in the classroom, their innovative instructional strategies and techniques, and their partnership with parents and other community members. Nominations can be made by students, parents, other educators, and members of the community. The Golden Apple Nomination Form is available on Albemarle County Public Schools’ Golden Apple Awards web page.

One teacher will be selected from each of the 42 public and private schools and teaching programs in the city and county. Among the teaching programs included are, for example, the University of Virginia’s Hospital Education Program and the county school division’s Virtual School.

“All of us, regardless of our life experiences, can remember, even from our earliest days in school, how a teacher changed our lives for the better,” said Richard Nunley, a retired president and the current chairman of the board of Better Living Supply & Cabinetry. Nunley began the Golden Apple program in partnership with local schools as a way to recognize the service of teachers, not only to their students, but to the business community.

Nomination criteria include creating a love of learning among all students; stimulating thought and dialogue in the classroom; raising student expectations for success; understanding and providing for individual student needs; and involving families in the education process. In addition to receiving a Golden Apple, each award recipient will also receive a $500 grant, which can be used for classroom materials or to support the teacher’s professional development.

Dr. Kevin Castner, a retired superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, again is chairing the selection committee for the awards. The committee also includes parents and educators from both school divisions and representatives from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

The deadline for nominations is January 24, 2022. Previous Golden Apple recipients can be nominated for a second award providing that three years have elapsed since they received their award.

The online ceremony honoring the 2022 recipients is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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