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Gulf Elementary's Kristina Gale among six Golden Apple recipients

March 8, 2019
Pine Island Eagle

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools hit the road Friday and surprised the six recipients with the Golden Apple Teacher Award.

Included among the honored number was Kristina Gale of Gulf Elementary.

Other honorees of the annual award that recognizes outstanding effort in the classroom are Stacey Anderson The Alva School, Courtney Black- Allen Park Elementary, Kristina Caudill Height Elementary, Amanda Rose- Dunbar High and James Rose- Ray V. Pottorf Elementary.

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Golden Apple 2019 recipient Kristina Gale, Gulf Elementary

"Once again, the six recipients of the prestigious Golden Apple Award are representatives of all the outstanding educators we have in the School District of Lee County," said Marshall T. Bower, Esq., president and CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, in a prepared statement. " I can think of no more important profession than teaching. The impact of the teaching profession is felt throughout the entire community and deserves to be applauded."

"The Golden Apple Recipients are chosen after going through an extensive selection process which began in September with a community-wide invitation to nominate teachers from The School District of Lee County," the release announcing the awards states. "The six finalists were selected after completing a three-step process, which included a blind comprehensive application, observations in their classroom of their teaching style and skill, and personal interviews with the Golden Apple Selection Committee. "

Recipients of the Golden Apple Teacher Award will be honored at a black-tie affair to be held at the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point on Friday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m.

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About The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools: The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources, and experiences made possible through corporate, individual, and educational partnerships. The Foundation is rated as a 4-star nonprofit organization by GuideStar. Find us online at, on Twitter @FoundationLCPS, and on Facebook


The banquet will be broadcasted via NBC on Sunday, May 11, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Golden Apple Banquet can be purchased for $160 per person by contacting the Foundation office at 239-337-0433



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