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During the past month, parents, students and community members submitted more than 1,000 nominations for their favorite secondary level teachers who exemplify excellence in the classroom. These are just some of the comments about the 6th-12th grade teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties nominated for the prestigious 2022 Golden Apple Teacher Awards.

"I chose this teacher because no matter what subject I need help in she is always willing to walk me through it. I am very glad she chose this school to teach a subject she is passionate about." "I never liked English but she made it ten times better!" "This teacher is an outstanding teacher because she is very good at teaching me chemistry. She always works around her schedule to help her students, even if she has to stay after school. When I am confused on something, I can always count on her to help me by explaining it better. She also is a very nice teacher and person."

All nominees, regardless of eligibility, are encouraged to attend the Nominee Reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Regents Hall in Burpee Center at Rockford University. Nominees will enjoy socializing, appetizers and networking with other teachers. Special thanks to our Nominee Reception Sponsor, Rockford University and booth sponsor Redd Insurance Group. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 815-226-4180. 

Click here for a full list of nominees.

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