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

21st Anniversary of coveted awards for local educators


EDINBORO, Pa. – Our teachers matter!

They make a significant difference in countless young lives. That’s why Edinboro University and WJET-TV will honor their 32 recent Golden Apple Award recipients Thursday night during a banquet at the University’s Van Houten South Dining Hall.

The honored teachers represent those nominated by students or parents representing regional public and private schools during the 2011-2012 school year.

During Thursday’s banquet, starting at 6 p.m., five finalists for “Teacher of the Year” will be announced, as well as the “Teacher of the Year.”  Last year, Angel Ghastin, a 4th grade Social Studies teacher at Lake City’s Elk Valley Elementary School, was honored as “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 21 years, more than 700 regional teachers have been so honored.

Edinboro University Interim President James D. Moran 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, and WJET executives and on-air personalities.

Teacher education is an integral component of Edinboro University’s roots as one of Pennsylvania’s first normal schools 155 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.