Thigpen Teacher Named Golden Apple Award Finalist


Carrie is one of only 30 Golden Apple Award Finalists in Illinois and the only one in Joliet and Will County. More than 650 nominations for pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers were submitted this year from the entire Chicagoland area.  

The finalists will be recognized at a Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Brunch on February 24, 2018 in Rosemont, Illinois. Ten Golden Apple Winners will be selected from the 30 Golden Award Finalists in the spring. Since 1986, Golden Apple has recognized 10 outstanding teachers annually for this award. 

“We are so proud of Carrie for receiving this prestigious recognition and wish her continued success in the nomination process.” said Joliet Public Schools District 86 Superintendent Dr. Theresa Rouse. 

“This year’s award finalists, selected through an anonymous process represent accomplished educators who are embracing very complex assignments to enrich and advance the lives of students,” said Alicia Winckler, Golden Apple President and CEO. “These awards shine a bright light on the incredible work happening in our schools.” 

Carrie Garrett has taught in District 86 for 13 years at Lynne Thigpen Elementary, Farragut Elementary, and Marycrest Elementary Schools.

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