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Golden Apple Award Presented to Tiffany Aurand, NLU Alum She was selected as a winner from an elite group of finalists in Rockford area

Tiffany Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University.

Tiffany Aurand, who won the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area, poses with two of her second-grade students. Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.


Congratulations to Tiffany Aurand, NLU alum and winner of the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area!

Aurand, who received her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from National Louis University in 2010, is the best of the best. She was first selected as one of 20 finalists among preK-fifth grade teachers in public and non-public schools in the Rockford area. Trained Golden Apple volunteers observed the finalists in their classrooms, and then conducted interviews with them.  That rigorous process determined the five winners, including Aurand.

Golden Apple Recipients are recognized for making a difference in their communities through their commitment to educational excellence. On March 10, Ms. Aurand was surprised in her second-grade classroom at Windsor Elementary School in Loves Park, Illinois, by Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors, her principal, superintendent, family and representatives from the media. That surprise visit announced her, in a dramatic fashion,  as one of the winners.

See the Rockford Register Star’s article about Aurand here, and its article about the winners here.

The Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford will welcome Aurand and the other winners to the 20th Annual Golden Apple Banquet with a red carpet arrival on Friday, May 6th at the  Radisson Hotel in Rockford, IL.

The banquet will honor each Golden Apple winner and celebrate excellence in education. Winners will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy, and  presented with a cash award and a professional development stipend from Golden Apple Foundation, a desktop computer for their classroom from Rockford Computers for Schools, a laptop with software compliments of Entré Computer Solutions, and the Terry Ingrassia Professional Development Scholarship at Rockford University.

Once inducted, the winners will join 175 Golden Apple Teacher Academy members in continuing to positively impact the education profession through mentoring and professional development of teachers from Winnebago & Boone Counties.