SESP Alumni, Instructor Finalists for Golden Apple Award

SESP Alumni, Instructor Finalists for Golden Apple Award

Two School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) alumni and one instructor are among the finalists for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Trent Anderson and Linda Green are SESP alumni, and Michael Novak teaches in the SESP Master of Science in Education program.

Golden Apple selected the 32 finalists from more than 620 nominees representing fourth- through eighth-grade teachers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. 


Trent Anderson 

Trent Anderson

Anderson teaches seventh- and eighth-grade pre-algebra and algebra at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a Chicago Public Schools high school.  Anderson completed the NU-TEACH alternative certification program at SESP.          




Linda Green

Linda Green

Green teaches gifted reading and language arts to third- through sixth-graders at Illinois School in Park Forest. Green earned her master’s degree at SESP in 1980 in elementary education.




Michael Novak

Michael Novak

Novak, who is a SESP adjunct instructor, teaches eighth-grade mathematics and science at Park View School in Morton Grove. Novak co-taught the Science Methods class in SESP’s Master of Science in Education program this past fall. He also collaborates with professor Brian Reiser on research projects to improve science education.




Another finalist, William Marsland, is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University, having graduated from the Bienen School of Music. Marsland teaches K-8 music at Stone Scholastic Academy in Chicago.

A Celebration of Excellence in honor of the 32 finalists will be held on April 19 at the Chicago O’Hare Marriott. Meanwhile, the Golden Apple finalists will participate in a final round of review and observations prior to the selection and announcement of the 10 award recipients in May.

Since 1986, Golden Apple has recognized outstanding teachers throughout Illinois each year.  Created by founders Mike and Pat Koldyke, the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society.  Golden Apple’s mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois.   

The president and CEO of Golden Apple, Dominic Belmonte praised this year’s finalists. “We are inspired by the skill, enthusiasm and passion demonstrated by each of these amazing teachers. Each is a shining example of excellence in education,” he said. 

The finalists represent a range of schools and subject areas: two independent city schools, 14 Chicago public schools, two city religious schools, 12 suburban public schools and two suburban independent schools.

One of the prizes for the 10 Golden Apple awardees is a tuition-free fall term at Northwestern University. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/15/14