SOURCE: American College of Education

American College of Education

October 09, 2009 17:28 ET

Outstanding Teachers Showcased on Televised Awards Ceremony

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 9, 2009) - For supporters of quality education who feel that excellent teachers too often get overlooked, the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching is a noteworthy event. This year's awards ceremony, honoring ten outstanding teachers, took place September 25 -- but for those who missed it, the presentation will be featured in a public television one-hour special Sunday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. on WTTW Channel 11. The gala awards celebration shines attention on outstanding teachers the way Hollywood showcases award winning actors and actresses. A portion of the program featuring American College of Education alumna Melissa Hooker, among others, can also be seen at,28

Hooker, who completed her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at the American College of Education in January 2009, has been the music teacher at Oscar Meyer Magnet School since 2005. She taught previously at Gray Elementary in Portage Park, and before that in Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University. More than 900 pre-K to 3rd grade teachers were nominated for this year's Golden Apple, but only ten winners were selected.

"Winning has been such an honor," Hooker said. "It's been a humbling, amazing, and awesome experience." The Golden Apple Awards is presented by the non-profit Golden Apple organization, which recognizes and develops outstanding teachers, and has been doing so since 1986. Besides presenting the Golden Apple, the organization also rewards the winning teachers with gifts, including a tuition-free spring-term sabbatical at Northwestern University, that help them enhance their already strong teaching skills.

About the American College of Education

The American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high quality master's degree programs in the nation. The College's vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. It maintains a 95 percent graduation rate, along with a 100 percent pass rate on the Illinois principal's exam. The American College of Education is based in Chicago, Illinois. It currently serves online students in Illinois, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. The American College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). For more information about the American College of Education, visit

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