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Golden Apple Foundation recognizes Concordia-Chicago alumna


Concordia University Chicago alumna Phyllis LaCour has been honored with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. This prestigious award is presented to 10 outstanding teachers in the five-county Chicago area every year. Award recipients become lifetime members of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, which develops teachers with the ability and passion to make a positive difference in the lives of students.

LaCour, who earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Concordia-Chicago in 2013, is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Pulaski International School in Chicago. According to the Golden Apple Foundation, LaCour was recognized an advocate of children’s right to play in preschool, and lives by the motto that children have unique capabilities and limitless opportunities to learn.

“Phyllis was brilliant in my Language and Linguistics class,” said Dr. Isabel Nuñez, associate professor of foundations and social policy at Concordia-Chicago and one of LaCour’s former instructors. “She was engaged and invested, connecting deeply with the theoretical material in the course and making it meaningful for herself as a teacher and as a person.”

The Golden Apple award has been presented to 14 Concordia-Chicago alumni since the program’s inception in 1986. Twenty-one of the University’s students have been Golden Apple Scholars—scholarship recipients who, upon graduation, teach for five years in an Illinois school of need. Originally founded as the Addison Teachers’ Seminary, Concordia University Chicago has a national reputation of educating exceptionally qualified teachers for more than 150 years.

This year’s Golden Apple award winners were honored at a celebration and television taping on Oct. 30 at WTTW studios in Chicago. The award show is scheduled to air on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on WTTW/Channel 11.