2024 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Finalists

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) College of Education is proud to announce that four alumnae have been named finalists for the 2024 Golden Apple Award for Teaching through the Golden Apple Foundation. The USF alumnae are among a list of 30 Pre-K to 3rd-grade teacher finalists in contention for the honor.

USF honorees include: Alicia Carlisle ’22 (Turner Drew Language Academy in Chicago, Ill.), Alicia Hays ’23 (Central Elementary School in Plainfield, Ill.), Amanda McMonigal ’16 (Edgar Allan Poe Classical School in Chicago, Ill.), and Alyssa Milano ’11 (Central Elementary School in Plainfield, Ill.).

“The College of Education is immensely proud to celebrate the outstanding achievement of our alumnae who have been nominated for the esteemed 2024 Golden Apple Award for Teaching by the Golden Apple Foundation. Each of the nominees has exemplified excellence in education, representing the very best of our institution. Their recognition not only highlights their individual excellence but also reflects the high caliber of education provided by the University of St. Francis. We are honored to have played a part in their journey and look forward to witnessing their continued success in making a positive impact on the students and communities they serve,” said John Gambro, Ed.D., Dean of the USF College of Education.

According to Golden Apple, “2024 Golden Apple Award recipients will be surprised in the spring. Northwestern University generously provides a spring sabbatical to award recipients at no cost. Each recipient receives a $5,000 cash award. Award recipients become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, a community of educators who play an important role in preparing the next generation of teachers in the Golden Apple Scholars and Accelerators programs – which are dedicated to addressing the teacher shortage in Illinois.”

Visit goldenapple.org/golden-apple-awards-finalists-2024 to view the complete list of 2024 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Finalists.

About Golden Apple

According to their website, “Golden Apple’s mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher and school leader excellence, especially in schools-of-need. Our leading-edge preparation delivers exceptional teachers who make an impact. We help students thrive in the classroom and in life. Since our beginning, we have recognized master educators annually; and, these master educators help prepare the next generation of teachers. Our vision is one in which every classroom has a great teacher and to realize this, we are committed to making a material difference in resolving the teacher shortage. Visit goldenapple.org for more information.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 3,300 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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