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The Education Foundation of Collier County Announces Teachers of Distinction

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On November 9, 2023, the Education Foundation of Collier County–Champions For Learning announced the 2023-2024 Collier County Teachers of Distinction. As the starting point for the Golden Apple Program, Champions For Learning invites each Collier County Public School to designate an outstanding educator and their best practice. Teachers of Distinction stand out among their colleagues – their ingenuity enables them to create and establish best practices that lead to definable and demonstrable student success in their classrooms. These educators are also willing to share their best practices with others and participate in peer learning and networking.

This year, 63 educators from 59 Collier County Public Schools have been selected as Teachers of Distinction (click here to view the complete list of teachers, their schools, and their best practices). Champions For Learning’s volunteer selection committee will meet and visit the classrooms of all Teachers of Distinction to learn about their best practices. After careful consideration, the committee will identify the educators who will become this year’s Golden Apple recipients. These educators, along with all of the Teachers of Distinction, will be honored at The Golden Apple event Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Artis-Naples. For more information regarding event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cindy Nelson at


About Champions For Learning™ 
Founded in 1990, the Education Foundation of Collier County – Champions For Learning’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for educational success by investing in Collier’s students and educators. Our Student Programs are designed to equip and prepare students for their future learning and career goals, and our Educator Programs are designed to value, empower, and support our educators to experience professional success. We are the lead organization facilitating Future Ready Collier, a collective impact initiative designed to build an educational pipeline for college, career, and life readiness. Recognized as the education foundation serving Collier County by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Champions For Learning serves a unique role as a conduit for students, educators, principals, schools, and the community to ensure student and educator success. For more information about Champions For Learning or to see more of their work, visit