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Apple Award nominations underway

CASTLE ROCK – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Apple Awards.

Every year, the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF), in cooperation with the Douglas County School District (DCSD) celebrates the work of its teachers, support staff and administrators. The 2016 ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016.

“This is a great way for people to express their appreciation for their teachers, principals and school district personnel,” explained DCEF Executive Director Jason Christensen. “We get a lot of participation.”

Apple Award Nomination Form

Last year, DCEF received approximately 7,900 nominations, which were eventually pared down to nine awards. This year, the Foundation is making a few changes, consolidating the awards into six categories.

2016 Apple Award Categories
World Class Educator
Elementary Educator of the Year
Secondary Educator of the Year
Classified Employee of the Year
Administrator of the Year
Community Partner

Among the changes, early childhood educators will be included in the Elementary Educator of the Year category and there will be a single, unified award for classified employees.

The selection process will be similar to past years. Nominees will be sorted by the DCEF and then sent to individual schools, where a single educator and support staff representative will be selected. That group of 188 employees, will then go through a selection process, resulting in 10 finalists in the Elementary, Secondary and Classified Employee of the Year categories.

DCEF has revamped the finalists’ application, making it a bit easier for administrators and those in consideration.

“We have greatly streamlined the process,” explained Christansen. “We got great feedback from our principals and made quite a few changes. They were very appreciative.”

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m. The winners will be announced at the 2016 Apple Awards on Saturday, March 5.

Christiansen says, with the quality of the finalists it is often hard to choose the winners. If you look at past honorees, the common denominator is their dedication.

“These are folks who put a lot of their lives into this, for the greater good,” Christiansen said.

September 10, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: Apple Awards

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