May 16, 2012—North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Taylor, who earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.
District 15 announced Taylor was presented with the award May 9.
Earlier this spring, the Golden Apple Foundation, a leader in advancing the teaching profession in Illinois for more than 27 years, named Taylor one of 32 finalists for the award. He was selected from a pool of 560 nominees teaching kindergarten through third grade in the Chicago area.
Taylor has taught in District 15 since 1997. His wife, Marcy, also works in District 15, as a sixth-grade teacher at Hunting Ridge School.
Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, six-month sabbatical to study at Northwestern University, as well as a $3,000 cash award. Golden Apple teachers become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, providing a stronger voice and a larger stage from which to make an impact through ongoing professional development and engagement in education reform, such as the mentoring of future teachers through Golden Apple’s Scholars program.
Recipients of the 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching will be honored at a black-tie event Oct. 12 at WTTW/Channel 11 studios in Chicago. WTTW will also broadcast the awards in a one-hour television program following the event.
North Central College offers an undergraduate degree in elementary education—with opportunities to earn minors in secondary education, reading and English language learning. Undergraduate majors also are offered in art education, music education and physical education, as well as a minor in health education. The College offers a master of arts degree in education, with emphasis in curriculum and instruction or educational leadership and administration. Master of arts in education is among seven graduate degrees offered at North Central College.