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Golden Apple Teacher finalists named

January 18, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools today announced the 32nd Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program finalists. The Foundation's Golden Apple Selection Committee, made up of community and business leaders, were charged with the task of reviewing and ranking applications to select 30 finalists. Finalists were surprised today, Jan. 18, in their classroom surrounded by students, administrators, fellow educators and foundation staff member.

"These finalists are dedicated professionals who are representative of all the excellent teachers in the Lee County School District who we entrust with the responsibility of educating our greatest community asset, our students," said Marshall T. Bower, president & CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.

2019 Annual Golden Apple Award finalists:

Benjamin Andersen Lexington Middle

Stacey Anderson The Alva School

Jamie Ayres- Cape Coral High

Courtney Black - Allen Park Elementary

Kim Cabrera Varsity Lakes Middle

Dr. Katherine Callard Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary

Brittany Camp Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts

Joseph Camputaro - The Sanibel School

Kristina Caudill Heights Elementary

Carmen Crussard - Gulf Middle

Trevon Davis - Oak Hammock Middle

Mark Drew- Ida S. Baker High

Kristina Gale- Gulf Elementary

Jennifer Grida Tortuga Preserve Elementary

Elizabeth Jimerson Patriot Elementary

Sara Kizzire- Harns Marsh Middle

Kelley Lambert- Pinewoods Elementary

Kaisha Louis- Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle

Dr. Frank Palaia South Fort Myers High

Greg Rasner- Pelican Elementary

Amanda Rose- Dunbar High

Holly Rose - Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle

James Rose Ray V. Pottorf Elementary

Wendy Samz Curriculum & Staff Development- School District of Lee County

Quinn Schnabel Diplomat Middle

Michelle Smith Lehigh Senior High

Michelle Start Lehigh Acres Middle

Kaleigh Stewart North Fort Myers

Joy Williams Cypress Lake Middle

Kimberly Williams Mariner High

Finalists are personally interviewed and observed in their classrooms by the Golden Apple selection committee, and six teachers are selected as the Golden Apple Award recipients. The recipients are honored at the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Banquet, a black-tie affair being held at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point on Friday, May 3.

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program was the first major project founded and developed by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Since its inception 32 years ago, as a way to enhance public education by recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching, the foundation has awarded 183 educators with the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award.

About The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources, and experiences made possible through corporate, individual, and educational partnerships. The Foundation is rated as a 4-star nonprofit organization by GuideStar. Find us online at, on Twitter @FoundationLCPS and on Facebook.



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