Golden Apple Awards

The Golden Apple Awards

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Apple Awards recognizes excellence in the teaching profession each year and informs the public of the exceptional quality of instruction in the Joplin community.

Teachers are nominated by students, parents, and peers in Joplin’s public and private schools.

Why nominate a teacher for the award?

American historian Henry Brooks Adams stated: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” How often do we regret our failure to praise someone for a job well done, or thank someone for the positive influence they had on our lives? This is your opportunity to recognize a teacher for his or her outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.

How are the nominations judged?

The most important consideration in evaluating the nominated teachers is the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to reach their full potential through the educational process. All nominated teachers will be asked to complete an information sheet that outlines their experience and teaching philosophies. This information, along with nomination support letters, will be reviewed by a judging panel, and finalists will be notified for personal interviews.

DEADLINE TO NOMINATE IS MARCH 8, 2024 BY 5:00 pm CST.

Nomination Form

  • Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • Max. file size: 128 MB.

Golden Apple Award Recipients

1985-1986
Mary McKinley (K-5)
Kathy Lewis (6-9)
Carol Acker (10-12)

1986-1987
Karen Squire (K-5)
La Vietta Prichard (6-9)
Susan Hurn (10-12)

1987-1988
Jean Stark (K-5)
Vallie Cook (6-9)
Nancy Booth (10-12)

1988-1989
Janet LeGrand (K-5)
Cathy Perrin (6-9)
Jim Cook (10-12)

1989-1990
Diana Ganaway (K-2)
Melva Lee Eberhardt (3-5)
Tom Trewyn (6-8)
Marilyn Dishman-Horst (9-12)

1990-1991
Estella Fritz (K-2)
Laurel Kindred (3-5)
Kay Layman (6-8)
Charles Wesley Parker (10-12)

1991-1992
Susan Boyer (K-2)
Donna Boyd (3-5)
Michael Whitehead (6-8)
Clara McGonigle (9-12)

1992-1993
Linda Roach (K-2)
Angela Bertelsen (3-5)
Nancy Collins (6-8)
Gary Roney (9-12)

1993-1994
Terri Conklin (K-2)
Jennifer Gozia (3-5)
Don Roy (6-8)
Candace Kelly (9-12)

1994-1995
Roycelene Lowe (K-2)
Lyla Getchell (3-5)
Joyce Markman (6-8)
Diane Schwarting (9-12)

1995-1996
Sharon Hacker (K-2)
Michelle Clemons (3-5)
Matt Frankenbery (6-8)
Debra Anderson (9-12)

1996-1997
Janie Lampo (K-2)
Becky Hunt (3-5)
Kelly Reddin (6-8)
Robert Estes (9-12)

1997-1998
Dana Shadwick (K-2)
Lynn Ramsour (3-5)
Patsy Robinson (6-8)
Steven McCollum (9-12)

1998-1999

Shelly Kraft (K-2)
Susan Wise (3-5)
Stephen Gilbreth (6-8)
Doug Claxton (9-12)

1999-2000
Shanna Hubbard (K-2)
Beth Willis (3-5)
Sheri Shadwick (6-8)
Shawn Quinlan (9-12)

2000-2001
Diane Storm (K-2)
Sonja Burtrum (3-5)
Julie Schwartz (6-8)
Jim Truelove (9-12)

2001-2002
Judy Falls (K-2)
Michael Gregory (3-5)
Susan Hirsch (6-8)
Terry Dolanc (9-12)

2002-2003
Sharon Reeve (K-2)
Jennifer Doshier (3-5)
Cosetta Cox 6-8)
Troy Kinast (9-12)

2003-2004
Angela Street (K-2)
Dale Hoggatt (3-5)
Bill Rampey (6-8)
William Keczkemethy (9-12)

2004-2005
Connie Souza (K-2)
David Culbertson (3-5)
Linda Norwood (6-8)
Jean Miller (9-12)

2005-2006
Christy McNally (K-2)
Shannon Springer (3-5)
Joan Doner (6-8)
Major James Osborn (9-12)

2006-2007
Tammy Swab (K-2)
Belinda Brumfield (3-5)
Cheryle Straw (6-8)
Leann Stausing (9-12)

2007-2008
Annette Taylor (K-2)
Adrienne Headley (3-5)
Don Rowland (6-8)
Craig Lynch (9-12)

2008-2009
Amanda De La Cerda (K-2)
Don Crites (3-5)
Laura McDonald (6-8)
Richard Tate (9-12)

2009-2010
Melissa Thompson (K-2)
Erica Stagner (3-5)
Shannon Ellis (6-8)
Karisa Boyer (9-12)

2010-2011
Carolyn Chavez (K-2)
Zach Holden (3-5)
Andrea Svec (6-8)
Kristi McGowen (9-12)

2011-2012
Karen Evans (K-2)
Brandi Landis (3-5)
Ivan Obert (6-8)
Jeff Brown (9-12)

2012-2013
Holly Davis (K-2)
Kelly Miller (3-5)
Sara Reineke (6-8)
Clarence Shelton (9-12)

2013-2014
Wendee Hughes (K-2)
Emily Lone (3-5)
Nancy Ohmart (6-8)
Kelly Pyle (9-12)

2014-2015
Michelle Young (K-2)
Lisa Satterfield (3-5)
Julie Pettyjohn (6-8)
John Atteberry (9-12)

2015-2016
Joanne Lown (K-2)
Caryn Deckard (3-5)
Zina Lewis (6-8)
Kaara Schrader (9-12)

2016-2017
Monica Bay (K-2)
Christina Elledge (3-5)
Kristopher Dishman (6-8)
Chris Nash (9-12)

2017-2018
Kerri Fields (K-2)
Jan Bradshaw (3-5)
Cheri Wright (6-8)
Justin Kleinheider (9-12)

2018-2019
Betsy James (K-2)
Lauren Frieden (3-5)
Heather Van Otterloo (6-8)
Fang Martin (9-12)

2019-2020
Erin Snodgrass (K-2)
Katherine Hargrove (3-5)
Tashena Vickers (6-8)
Darbi Stancell (9-12)

2020-2021
Stephanie Reither
(K-2)
Kathy Nicodemus
(3-5)
Cheryl Sieber (6-8)
Syeda Greenlee (9-12)

2021-2022

Erica Doennig (K-2)
Margie Black (3-5)
Darren Morgan (6-8)
Erin Fledderman (9-12)

2022-2023

Nicole Thorn (K-2)
Tracy Horton (3-5)
Laurel Cook (6-8)
Ashley Trotnic (9-12)

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