Four APS teachers win Golden Apple teaching awards

Posted at: 11/16/2012 2:49 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Four Albuquerque Public Schools teachers at five elementary schools have earned the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Golden Apple Award has been given since 1996 to 109 New Mexico teachers, recognizing that the quality of their teaching is the single most important factor in their students’ academic success.

Seven New Mexico teachers won the award this year, including the four from APS.

The APS recipients are:

· Ulrike Kerstges, who teaches physical education at Ventana Ranch and Tierra Antigua;

· Theresa Sandoval, who teaches kindergarten at Dolores Gonzales Elementary;

· Jeff Tuttle, who teaches third through fifth grades at Monte Vista; and

· Cristal Dawn Wilson who teaches pre-kindergarten at Mark Twain.

The Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico was founded in 1994.

Each year the award rotates among levels, with 2013 awards – the 18th year - going to elementary school teachers.

The award-winning teachers were nominated last spring by either their school’s principal or by other teachers, parents, students or community members.

The 144 teachers nominated teach at 113 different schools in 36 communities.

Nominees represent 31 of New Mexico’s 89 districts, with four teaching at charter schools and 15 at private schools from around the state.

Nominated teachers complete a lengthy application describing their teaching methodology, professional development experiences, community volunteerism, and other aspects of their teaching philosophy.

Applications are read and scored first by teachers who have won the award in past years and then by a selection committee comprised of active and retired educators.