Golden Apple, a leading nonprofit committed to celebrating and developing great teachers who make life-changing differences in the lives of students, has proudly announced the 34 finalists for the 2017 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society. This year's finalists were selected from a pool of more than 600 nominations, and represent 4th-8th grade teachers throughout the Chicagoland area.
Congrats to Dimitra Georganas (7th/8th Grade Mathematics) as she's a 2017 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Finalist! A Celebration of Excellence in honor of the finalists will be held on Saturday, March 4th at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live beginning at 9:30 am on March 4th.
Mrs. Georganas has been teaching at Pleasantdale Middle since July 2014 and has also been involved as a Joint Committee Member, Teacher Mentor (1st Year Teacher), Student Mentor (Intern), SEL (Social Emotional Learning), 7th Grade Coordinator and Kindness Club Sponsor. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University in River Forest, a Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee Member at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and an Instructional Coach and Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Board Member at Pythagoras Children's Academy in Elmhurst. Since 2011, she has served as an Educational Speaker for teachers at a variety of conferences and locations. Mrs. Georganas earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as Type 75 Certification from Saint Xavier University, and she also served as a mathematics instructor at Hinsdale Central High School and Lockport Township High School.
A resident of Willowbrook, Mrs. Georganas is a mother of five children with an array of hobbies and interests including gardening and coaching a variety of sports including basketball, softball and volleyball. She has also been the Director of Vacation Church School at The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios in Elmhurst since 2005.
"When I received the e-mail from Golden Apple, I was instantly humbled and overwhelmed with joy," said Georganas. "I couldn't believe it. It is both an honor and a blessing being selected as a finalist and I am forever grateful to the founder, Mr. Koldyke, for offering such an award designated to teachers. This recognition calls special attention to the importance of teaching and the world of education. I shall continue to do my best to make a difference in the lives of students, parents and all those with whom I work. My passion for education shall never die."
Finalists will experience a final round of review and classroom observations prior to the selection and announcement this spring of the 10 teacher award recipients. Golden Apple's selection committee is comprised of college and university professors, educational consultants, administrators and former Golden Apple Award recipients. Committee members utilize industry and research-based professional standards to identify teachers who exemplify the best of the teaching profession.