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Golden Apple Award


Mt. Pleasant fifth-grade teacher recognized for outstanding instruction

Roanoke County Public Schools has its very own version of “Mary Poppins,” a teacher who is “practically perfect in every way,” according to her students and co-workers.

The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation completely agrees and this is why the Foundation has awarded the 2014 Golden Apple Award to Dana Hoos, a fifth-grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School.  The Golden Apple Award is the single highest honor presented to a teacher by the Education Foundation.

Each year, teachers from across Roanoke County Public Schools are nominated by students, parents, co-workers and administrators to receive Golden Apple Award.  This year, 141 teachers were nominated and 23 teachers were selected as semi-finalists.

In addition to receiving a check for $3,000, Hoos received an additional award – the use of a brand-new 2014 ruby red Hyundai Sonata GLS for one year, courtesy of First Team Auto Mall, with custom license plates that read GR8- TCR (Great Teacher).

The Education Foundation also named three Red Apple winners, one for the elementary school level, one for the middle school level and one for the high school level.  Each Red Apple winner receives a check for $1,500 each.

The Red Apple winners are:

Tonya Atkins – first-grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School Trevor Ruble – 6th grade English teacher at Glenvar Middle School Carrie Honaker – English and photojournalism teacher at Hidden Valley High School.

The Education Foundation also recognizes a new teacher who has taught in Roanoke County for three years or less.  This is called the Green Apple Award.

The winner of the 2014 Green Apple Award is Kristin Garber, a first-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School.

“We are extremely proud of all the teachers at Roanoke County Public Schools,” said Education Foundation Board President Mike Mulvaney.  “With the Golden Apple Award, we want to recognize the best educator in the school system.  We were very impressed with all our finalists.  It was again very difficult to select a winner,” Mulvaney said.

"The education of our young people is so important, and nothing can be accomplished without our teachers.  We want to show educators in the Roanoke Valley that their efforts are truly appreciated," said David Dillon, President and General Manager of First Team Auto Mall.


The Education Foundation Golden Apple program was created to recognize and honor teachers who have made an impact on their students, either academically or personally.  Each year, teachers from across Roanoke County Public Schools are nominated by students, parents, co-workers and administrators to receive the Golden Apple Award, the highest award presented to a teacher by the Education Foundation.  In addition, one teacher from the elementary, middle and high school levels is presented the Red Apple Award; and one teacher who has taught less than 3 years will receive the Green Apple.


The award will be given to a teacher who has demonstrated accomplishments in the classroom and/or with individual student performance.  Criteria is based on, but not limited to, effectiveness as a role model; making learning fun and exciting; mentoring students; and making an impact on students' lives.




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