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Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award

Awards to New Mexico Elementary School Teachers
to Recognize Outstanding Teaching Efforts

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Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico (GAFNM)

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Awards valued at $5,500 to outstanding New Mexico elementary school teachers to recognize excellence in teaching. Nominations are currently being accepted on behalf of Kindergarten through 5th-grade teachers. Award recipients will receive a cash prize of $1,500, assorted gifts from New Mexico businesses, and $4,000 toward their personalized professional development plan. They are members of the Academy of Fellows and will be invited to participate in opportunities that advance teaching and learning in perpetuity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178480

Number of Grants:

Seven finalists will be selected for the Award.

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Recipients of the Golden Apple Excellence in teaching Award receive a cash prize of $1,500, assorted gifts from New Mexico businesses, and $4,000 toward their personalized professional development plan.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Full-time teachers in any accredited New Mexico Elementary School (grades K through 5) are eligible to be nominated.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Elementary School Cycle. The deadline is April 30, 2018.

Nomination and Application Process:

Every year, nominations are collected from teachers, students, administrators, parents and other community members in hopes of creating a pool of worthy candidates for this prestigious award. Every teacher that is nominated receives a small token of recognition to acknowledge that someone in their community thinks they are awesome. To nominate a teacher click on the link in the Contact Information section below.

Nominated teachers may choose to apply for consideration for the award. Candidates fill out an extensive application, including numerous essay questions about their inspiration to the profession, skills that they are proud to demonstrate, and lessons they have learned over the course of their career. Candidates include a lesson plan, and a reflection paper describing how well they thought the lesson worked for the students and improvements they are considering.

Applications are then read multiple times by a trained team of Golden Apple Fellows (prior recipients of the Award), members of the Golden Apple Board of Directors, and other experienced educators. Candidates with the highest application scores are identified as finalists and advance to the site visit stage of the selection process.

Teams of three members of the Golden Apple Nomination and Selection Committee (again, Golden Apple Fellows, seasoned administrators, and other educational professionals) conduct the site visits. The site visits consist of at least 90 minutes of classroom observation, and interviews with fellow teachers, principals, parents and students. Finalists are assessed for their teaching ability as well as their stated willingness to advance GAFNM’s mission as a member of the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows. When the site visits are complete, seven finalists are selected for the Award.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to nominate a teacher:

Brian O'Connell, Executive Director
Phone: (505) 268-5337
Fax: (505) 268-5456

Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico
PO Box 40469
Albuquerque, NM 87196-0469

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico