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Four Cape teachers among six Golden Apple winners

By Staff | Mar 9, 2018

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools surprised six teachers – including four in Cape Coral – with Golden Apples Friday.

Golden Apple Teacher Awards sponsors, the selection committee, and Foundation Board members took part in “shining the spotlight on the outstanding performance these profound teachers do for the education system and their students,” a release from the Foundation released Friday afternoon states.

“Once again, the six recipients of the prestigious Golden Apple Award are representatives of all the outstanding educators we have in the School District of Lee County. I can think of no more important profession than teaching. The impact of the teaching profession is felt throughout the entire community and deserves to be applauded,” said Marshall T. Bower, Esq., president and CEO of The Foundation in the statement.

The 2018 Golden Apple Teacher recipients are:

* Matthew Bourbina- Fort Myers High

* Dr. Patrick Hanrahan- Ida S. Baker High

* Samantha Hutchinson – Island Coast High

* Esteban Jaramillo- Mariner High

* Brooke Przespolewski- Gulf Elementary

* Maria Rose- Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School

The Golden Apple recipients are chosen after going through an extensive selection process which began in September with a community-wide invitation to nominate teachers from The School District of Lee County. The six finalists were selected after completing a three-step process, which included a blind comprehensive application, observations in their classroom of their teaching style and skill, and personal interviews with the Golden Apple Selection Committee.

Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program was the first major project funded and developed by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc.

Recipients of the Golden Apple Teacher Award will be honored at a black-tie affair held at the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point on Friday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. The banquet will be broadcasted via NBC on Sunday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Golden Apple Banquet can be purchased for $160 per person by contacting the Foundation office at 239-337-0433

Source: Foundation for Lee County Public Schools