Three teachers at Berrendo Middle School and one at Hagerman Middle School have been nominated for the 2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The nonprofit Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico based in Albuquerque announced in early July that Kim Key, Alyce Reddell and Jessica Sanders from Berrendo and Jeri Dansby of Hagerman have been nominated.
They are among 139 teachers from middle schools in 27 communities across the state to be considered for the recognition. The foundation, formed in 1994, runs the annual award program, which cycles among elementary, middle school and high school awards; administers teacher development grants; and offers teacher training institutes.
The current nominees are now eligible to submit an application for consideration for the award. A selection committee will visit the schools of finalists in the fall, and awards will be announced in November.
“Getting nominated for the Golden Apple Award is just the first step in a rigorous process,” says the group’s Executive Director Brian O’Connell. “Only seven teachers will eventually receive the award, so it is very competitive. Being nominated is an important way for communities to recognize their most exceptional teachers. We are so honored to recognize and celebrate these nominees all across the state.”
Recipients of the award receive several benefits, including induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, a $4,000 professional development fund and $1,500 cash prize.
More information is available on the group’s website, goldenapplenm.org.