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District hands out ‘Golden Apples’ to 2 teachers in Cape

By Staff | Mar 4, 2009

Six teachers from the Lee County School District were awarded “Golden Apples” Wednesday morning to recognize their outstanding performance in the classroom.
Winners include:
— Deborah Suhrie, a first-grade teacher at Trafalgar Elementary
— Debra Hornick, a second-grade teacher at Tice Elementary
— Jennifer Tomlinson, English teacher at Fort Myers High
— Leisha Roy, health teacher at Gulf Middle
— Mirta Torres, third-grade teacher at Spring Creek Elementary
— Tilisa Skerczak, kindergarten teacher at Sunshine Elementary
As winners of the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, each teacher is invited to a formal reception April 3 at the Harborside Event Center. They will be recognized alongside fellow staff and their students in the annual televised event.
Recipients are also awarded a genuine gold apple, a lapel pin, $3,000 cash award, membership in the Academy of Teachers and a leather portfolio. The school that employs each winner receives a cash award of $1,000.
The selections process for the Golden Apple is rigorous. Once a teacher is nominated they have to fill out a lengthy application, attend a formal interview and model their teaching style in a number of classroom observations.