May 2012Dear New Members of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators,On behalf of the family known as Golden Apple
our Board of Directors, the Golden AppleStaff, your colleague Fellows of the Academy, the Golden Apple Scholars, the GATE teachersand the Teachers of Distinction
I welcome you to this unique collection of professionaleducators. By now we hope you already realize that you are now part of the most gifted,most committed, most creative, and most enjoyable set of educators and supporters of education you will find anywhere. You have been selected for a most distinct honor. Over thepast two and a half decades, over 7500 Illinois teachers have been considered for what hasnow been bestowed to only 280 (10 from Central Illinois). You are now part of a most selectbody, and many opportunities to contribute lie ahead.We encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity during your sabbatical. Choosecourses that will enrich you as a person and educator. Participate in the seminar sessionswith gusto and enjoyment. Get to know your fellow Academy colleagues. Your own cohort
will become new family to you, but don’t miss opportunities to meet and interact with veteran
Fellows. There are so many resources to share with you. This is your time to step back, taketime, reflect upon what you have achieved as a teacher and what you hope to accomplishand contribute both to your fortunate students and colleagues in your school communityand the larger community served by the mission of Golden Apple.
You are now part of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators who created the Golden AppleScholars of Illinois program, which has helped to prepare over 1500 excellent young teachersinto schools of need in Illinois. The Academy created both the Inquiry Science Institute andtwo (one traditional, one digital) Storytelling Workshops to develop and renew teachers.Golden Apple introduced alternative certification to Illinois with its GATE program whichfrom 1998-2006 brought 350 mid-career adults to teaching careers in mathematics, scienceand elementary teaching. For five years the Alphabet Bus, created by Fellows, encouragedthe joy of reading to deserving Latino children and their parents. You are now part of thismost honored group. Golden Apple gives you opportunities to contribute to the future of education, either by helping bolster existing programs or in the creation of new ones. We holda reputation for sterling, transformative educational experiences for teachers, future teachersand students, and await with joy your participation in furthering our mission.
At Golden Apple we assure you of our deep respect for the nobility of teaching. Together letus work to make it clear to all how important excellent teachers are to the enterprise of educating our children to participate in this complex and challenging world! We pledge oursupport to you, and look forward to working with you to bring your ideas to reality.
Welcome to the Golden Apple community. You have joined a most unique and specialgroup. Your life will never be quite the same. Ride the wave and enjoy!
President and CEO