Zackary Ruelas (MS10) Wins Golden Apple Award

Zackary Ruelas (MS10) Wins Golden Apple Award

Zackary Ruelas

Zackary Ruelas (MS10), a third-grade teacher at St. Malachy School in Chicago, is one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ruelas is a graduate of the SESP Master of Science in Education program.

The Golden Apple award winners, all pre-kindergarten through third-grade teachers, were selected from a pool of 560 nominees from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Golden Apple has recognized outstanding Chicago-area educators annually since 1986.

Ruelas is known for creating unique interactive presentations for his third graders that include audio and video so that different learning styles can be accommodated. “He uses technology so his students search the Internet with Web Quests that he makes. All of his students have individual learning objectives in phonics and spelling, and he has daily conferences to give his student one‐to‐one attention. He feels if he leads the example of hard work, students will imbibe the benefits of hard work too,” according to Golden Apple.

Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University. Each recipient also receives a $3,000 cash award. Golden Apple teachers also become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, where they can make an impact through ongoing professional development and engagement in education reform, such as the mentoring of future teachers through the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program.

"We are thrilled to present these superb elementary school teachers from the Chicago area as emblematic of the thousands of devoted teachers in pre-kindergarten through third grade bringing their students confidence and hope through their daily instruction,” said Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of Golden Apple. “We happily join these 10 to the legion of the Golden Apple Academy previously recognized in pursuance of our mission to transform teachers and teaching.”

The recipients of the 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching will be honored at a black-tie event on October 12th at WTTW/Channel 11 Studios in Chicago. WTTW will also broadcast the awards in a one-hour television program following the event.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/4/12