Herald and Journal, June 22, 1998

Humphrey Elementary teacher awarded Golden Apple

Fourth grade Humphrey Elementary teacher Joan Johnson was one of 120 Minnesota school teachers awarded a Golden Apple Achiever certificate in connection with the 1998 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards program.

In May, Ashland presented $2,500 cash awards to the top 10 contest entrants from each of the four states. Golden Apple Achiever certificates were awarded to the remaining teachers who scored at least 85 out of a possible 100 points in the judging process.

Teachers were evaluated by a panel of education experts on high professional standards, teaching innovation and community service. A total of 2,015 Minnesota teachers were nominated this year, up from 1,248 last year.

"The Golden Apple Achiever Awards allow us to recognize outstanding, innovative teachers in these four states," said Mac Zachem, Ashland's senior vice president of public affairs. "The difficulty that the judges have in choosing the top 10 teachers prompted us to recognize other deserving teachers who ranked high in the selection process.

"Now more than ever before, business and education must join forces to ensure that today's students are prepared to become better and more productive citizens, and to enter tomorrow's workforce," Zachem added. "These Golden Apple Achiever recipients are dedicated to achieving this important goal."

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