Glenwood Intermediate School principal Elizabeth Gregurich is among six finalists for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership.

The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership honors exemplary performance in school leadership by a principal or head of school who has had a significant and sustained positive impact on the school, created a culture of inclusivity, and delivered dramatic student growth.

Six Pre-K through 12th grade principals and heads of schools were selected as 2020 finalists. Leadership award nominations increased 40 percent over last year and were received from 33 counties, with four counties being represented at the finalist stage. 

This is the seventh year that Golden Apple has recognized exceptional school leaders with the Excellence in Leadership Award and the second year that nominees have been accepted from throughout Illinois. Fellow educators, students, parents, and community members nominate school leaders for the awards.

“The Ball-Chatham School District is so very proud of Mrs. Gregurich, and her tireless work to change the mindset of every child that walks through her doors,” said Ball-Chatham Superintendent Dr. Douglas Wood. “She instills leadership values in each student as well as her staff, which empowers them to thrive and succeed.”

Golden Apple, the leading Illinois non-profit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting great educators who advance educational opportunities for students, announced the 2020 finalists for the distinguished Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership, presented in honor of founding Golden Apple board member Stanley C. Golder.