Golden Apple Foundation, which advocates for excellence in teaching, has chosen National Louis University alum Linda Julian as one of its five Golden Apple recipients for 2017. Julian earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at NLU in 2003. She has 39 years of teaching experience.
She teaches grades 5-8, as well as seventh-grade Speech and General Music, at Willowbrook Middle School, South Beloit.
According to Golden Apple, Julian was distinguished for the prestigious award among 20 outstanding 6th through 12th grade finalists representing public and non-public school districts of Illinois’ Winnebago and Boone counties. Golden Apple representatives executed a rigorous selection process, with nearly 300 classroom observations by trained Golden Apple community volunteers. In the final stage, finalists were interviewed by teams of Golden Apple Foundation volunteers.
Golden Apple Recipients are recognized for making a difference in their communities through their commitment to educational excellence. Julian was surprised in her classroom by Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors, her principal, superintendent, family and media representatives.
As part of her induction into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy, Linda was presented with a cash award and a professional development stipend from Golden Apple Foundation, a desktop computer 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, Golden Apple teachers join 177 Golden Apple Teacher Academy members in continuing to positively affect the education profession through mentoring and professional development of teachers from Winnebago & Boone counties.