Academics

Golden Apple Award Recipients and Scholars

The Golden Apple is a non-profit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need. Learn more about Gold Apple by visiting their website

To date, 19 Concordia University Chicago alumni have received The Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple award is presented annually to “recognize outstanding teaching and to promote teacher recruitment.”

Concordia-Chicago also has 21 Golden Apple Scholars. Scholars are bright high school graduates who receive a scholarship and who, upon graduation, teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.

Golden Apple Teacher Award Recipients

  • 1988 - Dale Halter ’74
  • 1990 - Mary Murphy MA ’87
  • 1991 - Karen Bauder ’64, MA ’89
  • 1994 - Kerri Druckmiller MA ’90
  • 1997 - Jessie Kalinowski MA ’94 & ’00
  • 1997 - Susan Moody MA ’95
  • 1999 - James R. Sorenson MA ’86
  • 2001 - James Arey ’91
  • 2003 - Paula Sprecher ’94
  • 2005 - Seth Baker MA ’02
  • 2007 - Glenn Lid MA ’85 (Teacher of Distinction)
  • 2007 - Patricia Parsons MA ’81 (Finalist)
  • 2008 - Daniel Morvaji MA ’00
  • 2014 - Roosevelt Griffin MA '11
  • 2015 - Phyllis LaCour MA ’13 
  • 2016 - Jason Crean EdD '16
  • 2017 - Fitzgerald Crame MA '16
  • 2017 - Sarah Faller MA '11
  • 2018 - Jeri Faber MA '95

Concordia University Chicago Students - Golden Apple Scholars 

  • Ilse Barragan ’18
  • Lisa (Simoncelli) Bulak ’05
  • Elsa Cadwallader ’16
  • Annabel Calderon
  • Jennifer Camacho ’16
  • Laura Carey ’07
  • Jonathan Carrillo
  • Rebecca Einspahr ’17
  • Evelyn Estrada
  • Ana Flores
  • Jennifer Frazier ’17
  • Christina Lewandowski ’06
  • Jenise Martinez ’09
  • Viviana Mendoza
  • Aleeyah Nieves
  • Teresa Onstott ’16
  • Francisco Peralta
  • Alejandra Prado ’16
  • Cristina Pruitt ’07
  • Nicholas Rivera
  • Diana Rodriguez
  • Cynthia Saavedra ’16
  • Elvira Toledo ’16
  • Anita Unzueta ’10
  • Zi Luan Wang ’06
  • Sara (Michaelsen) Weeks ’11, MA ’14

Crystal Apple Award Recipients

Golden Apple Scholars who have completed their five-year commitment to teach at an Illinois school of need

  • Sara (Michaelsen) Weeks '11, MA '14