2014 Local Golden Apple Winners

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Albemarle County Public Schools recognized 28 teachers for excellence and curriculum innovations May 15 at the 13th annual Golden Apple celebration at the University of Virginia’s Rotunda.

Two previous Golden Apple recipients received 21st Century Learning in the Classroom competitive grants of $1,000, Western Albemarle’s Lani Hoza and Albemarle High School’s Richard Lindsay, a world history teacher. Four other school division teachers, who are Golden Apple recipients this year, also received $1,000 classroom grants.

Hoza teaches Advanced Placement Psychology at Western. Her grant will support a new Psychology II class that will center on applications and research. Students will work in small groups to select research topics and design studies using methods that are common in the profession, such as surveys, field and lab experiments, and observations. Results will undergo peer review.

Golden Apple award winners from Crozet-area schools were:

Amanda Fuller, Brownsville Elementary School; Barbara Huneycutt, Crozet Elementary School; Pat Harder, Henley Middle School; Bonnie F. Carey, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School; Sara Hankins, Murray Elementary School; and Claudia Bendick, Western Albemarle High School.

Harder also received a Golden Apple Grant Award of $1,000, to be used for classroom instruction and materials.

The awards and grants were sponsored by Better Living Building Supply and Better Living Furniture in Charlottesville.