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News Alert: SXU’s Jason Crean receives 2016 Golden Apple Award


Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Department of Biology is proud to announce that Adjunct Instructor Jason Crean, M.S., recently received a Golden Apple Award. He was selected from a pool of 400 nominations for being one of the top high school teachers in the Chicago area. Crean was honored because of his hands-on teaching style, which makes students active learners and scientists themselves. His prestigious recognition was featured in the Wednesday, April 13 issue of the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.

The 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, May 20 at WTTW/Channel 11 Studios in Chicago. The dynamic program will highlight the incredible work of the recipients and all they do to transform teachers and teaching, enriching both students and teachers lives. The event will be live streamed, and include live interviews with former students and guests of the award recipients. WTTW will broadcast the awards in a one-hour television program following the event.

Join SXU in congratulating Prof. Crean and be sure to tune in on Friday, May 20 to WTTW Chicago to see him honored!

About Golden Apple

2016 marks Golden Apple's 31st year of innovating teacher preparation and leadership to transform both the careers of teachers as well as the lives of students in Illinois. Many of our Golden Apple Award recipients choose to give back by participating as instructors, academic coaches, and mentors in both our aspiring teachers program (i.e., "The Golden Apple Scholars") and our professional development program (i.e., "The Golden Apple STEM Institute").

Because the critical contributor to student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom, Golden Apple provides exceptional teacher preparation for teachers at all stages of their careers. Our focus is on advancing educational excellence for Illinois' most under-served students. Scholars are recruited from the communities in which they return to serve – with a passion for teaching and a drive to create positive change for young people in their communities. We enhance their college education with exemplary advanced teacher preparation, game-changing resources and lifelong support, and, they, in turn, stay in teaching for five or more years.

Golden Apple is comprised of recognized superior educators, including Golden Apple Award recipients and finalists, leading a passionate team of devoted staff with technical and program expertise, as well as a connected and committed board of directors charged with overseeing our strategic vision. Visit Golden Apple's website for more information.