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Golden Apple Announces First Recipient of Inaugural Stanley C. Golder Award for Principals and Heads of Schools

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Principal Alan Mather of Lindblom Math & Science Academy to be honored on May 7

CHICAGO, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Golden Apple Foundation, a leader in advancing the teaching profession in Illinois for 29 years, will for the first time honor the exemplary performance of a Chicago-area principal with a surprise announcement on May 7 at the Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Principal Alan Mather will receive the inaugural Stanley C. Golder Award from Golden Apple during an assembly at his school. Mather was selected for his dedication and leadership at Lindblom, which has become under his tenure the city's top-performing majority African-American school in Illinois and the only top-20 ranked school that has over 60 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch.

"Since 1986, Golden Apple has recognized outstanding teachers and we are proud to extend this tradition to honor outstanding leaders of schools. We know leadership is second only to an exemplary teacher in impacting student achievement, and we aim to recognize those who embody the dedication, energy and commitment needed to be a highly successful school leader," said President and CEO of Golden Apple, Dominic Belmonte.

In his nine years at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, Mather has worked tirelessly to transform the institution. He attributes the school's success to the hiring of outstanding teachers, building a culture of excellence and creating an empowering climate for educators and students. Mather has represented the Chicago Public Schools at Harvard University's PELP (Public Education Leadership Program), was an inaugural member of the College Board's Leadership Institute for Principals, has been part of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management's "Leading Successful Schools" program, and was selected as one of two Chicago principals to participate in New York's Cahn Fellows Distinguished Principals Program for the 2012-2013 school year at Teachers College.

During his tenure, Lindblom has built the largest Mandarin program in the Chicago public schools and the largest non-heritage Arabic program in the United States.  In addition, Mather was instrumental in the seven-year, $2 Million contract Lindblom signed with Baxter International to host the Biotechnology Center of Excellence (BCoE), a teacher training center in biotechnology.

Principal Mather will receive cash award of $10,000 to be used for his own professional development and a school project of his choosing. In addition, he will be recognized on WTTW/Channel 11 at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Annual Gala on October 24, 2014. The Annual Stanley C. Golder Principal/Head of School Award will be presented each year during the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching on a WTTW/Channel 11 TV program. One recipient each year will be chosen.

Nominations for the 2015 Stanley C. Golder Award open online in November at Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students, and community leaders are invited to nominate an outstanding principal or head of school currently serving in a leadership position at a public or non-public school. Nominations will close each January 1.

About Golden Apple

Celebrating its 29th anniversary, Golden Apple began with founders Mike and Pat Koldyke and a shared inspiration - to offer outstanding schoolteachers a level of recognition and engagement in the larger work of education reform. Golden Apple's successful track record of integrated, innovative programs and resources enhance the quality, resiliency and creativity of classroom teachers and improve teaching and learning throughout Illinois. Qualified, passionate educators - including Golden Apple Award recipients and finalists - lead a small staff of dedicated employees with functional and program expertise. A connected and committed board of directors oversees Golden Apple's strategic direction. Together with a larger community of expert educators, this nonprofit organization works to ensure that all Illinois children have the excellent teachers they deserve, particularly within schools of need.  Visit for more information.

For more information contact:
Eileen Rochford
Ph: 312-953-3305

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