Five top educators awarded Golden Apple

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A handful of the area’s top educators were honored Tuesday evening at the 27th annual Golden Apple Awards.

“Well it’s quite humbling, especially for somebody that has not been teaching this long as some of the other veteran teachers that received the award. So, that’s very exciting to achieve this honor at such a young age. And it’s humbling to be amongst a lot of good teachers,” said Michael Bennett, winner and Jeff High School choir and piano teacher.

The awards were handed out at the Best Western in Lafayette.

Teachers are nominated anonymously and go through a rigorous process that includes observations, interviews and essays.

Greater Lafayette Commerce selects the winners, who receive $1,000 and a plaque.

“You know you want to learn the material, but there’s a method to it. I want to build a relationship, so tonight is super exciting. Just all those philosophical ideas that…you get to see come through,” said Phil Pusey, winner and West Lafayette Junior High science teacher.

In addition to Pusey and Bennett, McCutcheon science teacher Abi Bymaster, McCutcheon freshman math teacher Mike Etzkorn and West Lafayette math teacher Minshen Ho were also awarded Golden Apples.

You can watch a broadcast of the awards ceremony Saturday at 7 p.m. on WLFI, a proud sponsor of the event.

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