Educator of the Year (Golden Apple) Award
The Foundation presents an Educator of the Year award (Golden Apple) each year to a teacher or school administrator who has made outstanding contributions to our students in the Lawrence Public Schools.
The Foundation annually announces it's Golden Apple Award during the Follies fund-raising event at Liberty Hall. This year's Foundation Follies will be held April 26, 2019.
The $1,500 cash award is given to two outstanding teachers, one elementary and one secondary, nominated by a student, parent, teaching colleague or community member.
Criteria for nominees include any certified staff member who has been employed by the Lawrence Public Schools for at least two years and is returning next school year. Nominations may be made by any LPS employee, student, parent or community member.
Nominations must be submitted to the Lawrence Schools Foundation by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2019.
Golden Apple Educator of the Year Award Recipients:
1992 - Paul Stuewe, Lawrence High School
1993 - Randy Weseman, South Junior High
1994 - Jane Polcyn, Sunset Hill Elementary
1995 - Robert Taylor, Administration
1996 - Patricia Nemchock, Lawrence High School
1997 - Lois Groh, Lawrence High School
1998 - Jacqueline Shipstead,Sunflower Elementary
1999 - Sue Hack, Southwest Junior High
2000 - Mike Ortmann, Lawrence High School
2001 - Christine Valcich, Quail Run Elementary
2002 - Lynne Renick, Southwest Junior High
2003 - Frank Hoffman, Cordley Elementary
2004 - Denise Hobbs, Broken Arrow Elementary
2005 - Carolyn Gaddis, Pinckney Elementary
2006 - Suzanne Knowlton, Sunflower Elementary
2007 - Terri Durgan, Quail Run Elementary
2007 - George "Skip" Bennett, Southwest Junior High
2008 - Lois Orth-Lopes, Cordley Elementary
2008 - Betty Norwood, South Junior High
2009 - Patrick Wedel, Prairie Park Elementary
2009 - Danielle Lotton-Barker, Southwest Junior High
2010 - John Bode, New York Elementary
2010 - Robert Rhodes, Free State High School
2011 - Denise Johnson, Hillcrest Elementary
2011 - Jackie Stafford, Central Junior High
2012 - Christine Wesley, Prairie Park Elementary
2012 - Andrew Nussbaum, Free State High School
2013 - Emili Stoll, Sunset Hill Elementary
2013 - Jo Huntsinger, Lawrence High School
2014 - Peter Gipson, Sunflower Elementary
2014 - Jeff Plinsky, Lawrence High School
2018 - Beth Maloun, Broken Arrow Elementary
2018 - Mike Hymer, Lawrence High School
Beth Maloun, 2018
Mike Hymer, 2018
Kathy McCall, 2017
Nolan Henderson, 2017
2016 elementary school recipient Jenny Humburg and family.
Carol Souders, 2016 secondary school recipient and family.