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Williams wins 2019 Golden Apple Award

2019 Golden Apple Award winners The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation has awarded the 2019 Golden Apple Award to Ashley Williams – a sixth-grade English & reading teacher from William Byrd Middle School.  The Golden Apple Award is the single highest honor presented to a teacher by the Education Foundation.  In addition, Williams will be Roanoke County Public School’s nominee for the Virginia Teacher of the Year Award.

Each year, teachers from across Roanoke County Public Schools are nominated by students, parents, co-workers and administrators to receive Golden Apple Award.  This year, 105 teachers were nominated and 18 teachers were selected as semi-finalists.

In addition to receiving a check for $3,000, Williams received an additional award – the use of a brand-new 2019 Subaru Ascent for one year, courtesy of First Team Auto Mall, with custom license plates that read GR8-TCR (Great Teacher).

The Education Foundation also named three Red Apple winners, one for the elementary school level, one for the middle school level and one for the high school level.  Each Red Apple winner receives a check for $1,500 each.

The Red Apple winners are:

  • Traci Altice – Second-grade teacher at Bonsack Elementary School
  • Jeffrey Maynard – Special Education teacher at Northside Middle School
  • Terry Haynie – Choir/music theory teacher at Glenvar High School

The Education Foundation also recognizes a new teacher who has taught in Roanoke County for three years or less.  This is called the Green Apple Award and comes with a check for $500.

The winner of the 2018 Green Apple Award is Kristen Sink, a third-grade teacher from Oak Grove Elementary School.

“We had a very difficult task selecting a single teacher to be the Golden Apple Award Winner,” said Education Foundation Board President Jason Sandzimier.  “We are incredibly fortunate to have so many incredible and dedicated teachers in Roanoke County.  We’re proud to recognize all these great teachers,” Sandzimier said.

“Educating young people is so vital for the future success of our communities, and great teachers make that happen,” said David Dillon, president and general manager of First Team Auto Mall. “As a family owned company that believes in supporting the communities we serve, First Team is honored to support outstanding teachers and celebrate their efforts.”

About the Roanoke County Education Foundation:

The Roanoke County Education Foundation was created in 1991 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization to help young people in Roanoke County Public Schools meet some of their educational and personal goals.  Our mission is to promote the advancement and further the aims and goals of Roanoke County Public Schools through the development and application of donated financial resources.  We provide student scholarships for graduating seniors; classroom grants for innovative teaching ideas; assist with student travel to attend state and national competitions; provide resources for international education; and assist students in remedial education and substance abuse programs.

Since our inception, we have provided over one-million dollars in scholarships to 1,800 graduating seniors; more than $300,000 in classroom scholarships to more than 1,700 teachers; and more than $300,000 to support travel and educational programs.  In all, that’s over $1.6 million in support the teachers and students at Roanoke County Public Schools.

Support for these programs comes from corporate and private donations.  To make a donation, go online to or call Jean Wynn at 540-562-3900 ext. 10113.