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Sanibel teacher named on Golden Apple finalist list

By Staff | Feb 3, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel School fifth-grade teacher Joseph Camputaro is one of 31 finalists for the 33rd Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools recently announced the 33rd Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program finalists, and an island educator made the list for the third year in a row.

Made up of community and business leaders, the foundation’s Golden Apple Selection Committee was charged with the task of reviewing and ranking applications to select 31 finalists. The finalists were recognized on Jan. 23 at the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers.

“These finalists are dedicated professionals who are representative of all the excellent teachers in the Lee County School District who we entrust with the responsibility of educating our greatest community asset, our students,” foundation President Marshall T. Bower said.

Among the finalists is Joseph Camputaro, a fifth-grade teacher at The Sanibel School. Marking his second year at the island school, he came on board in 2018-2019 as a fourth-grade teacher. Employed with the school district since 2004, Camputaro has been a Golden Apple finalist the past two years.

Prior to joining The Sanibel School, Camputaro worked in the East Zone, including at Harns Marsh Elementary and Sunshine Elementary in Lehigh Acres and Manatee Elementary in Fort Myers.

Joseph Camputaro

A native New Yorker, Camputaro holds a bachelor’s in communications and media studies, but changed careers when he moved to Florida in 2004. He joined the Lee County School District that same year.

His wife, Alexis Camputaro, is a third-grade teacher at the island school.

According to the foundation, the finalists will be personally interviewed and observed in their classroom by the selection committee, then six teachers will be picked to receive a Golden Apple. The recipients will be honored at the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Banquet, set for April 17.

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program was the first major project that the foundation initiated and developed for Lee County Public Schools. Since its inception, as a way to enhance public education by recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching, the foundation has awarded 183 educators with the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award.