Video alert - Dominic Belmonte speaks at SXU's 2011 Graduate Commencement
Golden Apple President/CEO receives honorary degree
Golden Apple Foundation President and CEO Dominic Belmonte received an honorary degree and spoke at Saint Xavier University’s 2011 Spring Commencement on May 15.
Belmonte has been president and CEO of the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching since 2006. He co-created the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program in 1989, named by Harvard University as one of 15 programs out of 1,200 nationwide as a finalist for its Innovations in American Government award. Belmonte also co-created the Golden Apple Teacher Education program in 1996, an alternative pathway to teacher certification for mid-career adults wishing a career in teaching secondary math or science or teaching elementary school children. Belmonte is the author of two books, Teaching From the Deep End and Teaching on Solid Ground. He taught English for 20 years at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Ill., and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.