About the Outstanding Principal Award Program

Golden Apple Foundation believes that strong leadership in schools promotes excellence in teaching. Outstanding principals inspire outstanding teachers and create a positive learning environment essential to the culture of every successful school.

Golden Apple Foundation recognizes exceptional principals each year with the Outstanding Principal Award and $1,000 to be used in their school.

All Winnebago and Boone county public and ISBE-recognized non-public school teachers, administrators and parents are encouraged to nominate a principal they consider worthy of this prestigious award. Nominated principals exemplify best practices and leadership abilities according to the following criteria:

  • A commitment to positive student achievement and development
  • Professional growth and leadership development among teachers
  • A positive learning climate and sense of community in his or her school
  • A minimum of 5 years experience as an administrator and in good standing with their district

The recipient of the award is notified through a surprise presentation in their school and is recognized at the annual banquet.

Primary and secondary school principals are eligible for the 2022 Outstanding Principal Award. Nominations must be received by March 2, 2022 and must include a letter of support from a teacher within the building and/or from a parent of a student. CLICK HERE for the nomination form.