Lincoln-Way 210 Teacher Named Golden Apple Finalist
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lincoln-Way Central German Teacher Aaron Raatjes has been named a finalist for the prestigious Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Golden Apple is a leading Illinois nonprofit committed to recognizing exemplary educators and developing future educators.

Only 32 high school educators in the state were selected as finalists, from more than 500 nominations.

"A nomination for the Golden Apple is an incredible honor, simply because there are thousands of hard-working teachers in the state of Illinois deserving of this award,” said Mr. Raatjes. “I love working with my students, and I am both humbled and excited to be a finalist."

The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching honors outstanding teachers for their roles in having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and builds stronger communities. Teacher finalists demonstrate -- in their teaching and results -- significant, positive impact on their students’ growth and learning. Fellow educators, students, parents and community members nominate teachers for the awards. Teachers may not self-nominate.

All award finalists will be honored on Saturday, February 23 at the Golden Apple Celebration of Excellence to be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Visit https://www.goldenapple.org/celebration for a list of all finalists.