Hoffman Estates High School Teacher Ryan Brown Earns Golden Apple Award Nomination

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown was recently nominated for a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A District 211 teacher is a finalist for a prestigious Golden Apple Award, which recognizes teachers’ contributions to building a better-educated and strong society through the art of excellent teaching.

Ryan Brown, English teacher and boys’ gymnastics coach at Hoffman Estates High School, was nominated for a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is one of 32 finalists for the award out of 510 initial nominees and 215 applications.

“This has been an amazing year for me professionally,” Brown said. “I’ve spent the last 13 years honing my craft, learning from teachers whom I admire and love. They have taught me more about myself as a teacher and person than I could have ever imagined. Being nominated as a Golden Apple finalist is a testament to those who surround me: students and staff alike.”

Only 10 Golden Apple Fellows will be named by the organization’s committee, which is composed of more than 90 volunteers ranging from principals, administrators, members of higher education faculties, and other Golden Apple Fellows.

There are several opportunities and rewards available to an individual if named a Golden Apple Fellow. Golden Apple Fellows are given a platform to create or contribute responses to the needs of children in Illinois. The award includes a paid semester sabbatical at Northwestern University where fellows can take as many courses as they wish in any subject of their choice. Recipients, as a group, spend part of their sabbatical designing seminar series that individuals who are making contributions to the educational field can attend. Additionally, they will receive a $3,000 cash award and an induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.

The Daily Herald recently recognized Brown as a “Top Teacher” in the area. In addition to teaching freshman and AP English, he is heavily involved with HEHS outside of the classroom. He is head coach of the boys’ gymnastics team, the same team he was on during high school, and also the sponsor of several student organizations and clubs.

Brown credits a lot of his success from the guidance of influential teachers he’s encountered throughout his life. His senior year English teacher at Hoffman Estates High School, Kathy Wandro, was a Golden Apple Fellow. Additionally, Brown said one of his former students Alexa Rodheim, who now teaches English at Elk Grove High School, also is a 2013 Golden Apple finalist. He is excited to be nominated and part of what he calls a “Golden Apple chain.”

“It’s been an awesome journey thus far, and I hope to continue along that path,” he said. “Daily, I find more reasons to love being a Hoffman Estates High School Hawk.”

The Golden Apple fellows will be announced later in the year. For more information about Golden Apple Awards, please click here.