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Edinboro University/WJET Golden Apple Award winners to be honored; five finalists, ‘Teacher of the Year’ to be announced

20th Anniversary of coveted awards for local educators


EDINBORO, Pa. –Teachers matter. They make a significant difference in countless young lives.

That’s why Edinboro University and WJET-TV will honor 32 recent Golden Apple Award recipients Thursday night during a banquet at the University’s Van Houten South Dining Hall.

Honored teachers represent those nominated by students at Northwestern Pennsylvania public and private schools during the 2010-2011 school year.

During Thursday’s banquet, starting at 6 p.m., five finalists for “Teacher of the Year” will be named, as well as the “Teacher of the Year.”

The Golden Apple Awards are a collaborative effort between Edinboro University and WJET-TV/Channel 24 to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of regional school teachers at all levels.  The teachers represent urban, suburban, rural, public and private schools offering elementary, middle and secondary school education.

During the past 20 years, more than 700 regional teachers have been so honored.

Edinboro University President Jeremy D. Brown and WJET Vice President and General Manager Tim Dunst will address the gathering that includes award recipients and guests, as well as faculty members and administrators from Edinboro University’s School of Education.

Teacher education is an integral component of Edinboro University’s roots as one of Pennsylvania’s normal schools 154 years ago.  Education still remains one of the university’s largest programs with some 1,000 undergraduates enrolled, and many students in the graduate degree and certification programs.