Saturday, October 16, 2021

Champions For Learning Announces Collier County Teachers of Distinction

Champions for Learning is excited to announce the 2019-2020 Teachers of Distinction for Collier County. As part of the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, each school in Collier County Public Schools has the opportunity to nominate a teacher and best practice to highlight on behalf of their school. From this group of 53 Teachers of Distinction, Champions For Learning’s community-based selection committee will identify the Golden Apple recipients.

The Teachers of Distinction not only receive a $250 cash award and multiple celebration activities, but also have the opportunity to share their ideas and practices across the county with their colleagues and the community through this process. With a vision of a community that is 100% engaged in support of student success, Champions For Learning creates opportunities for educators that support high impact learning experiences for every child.

Recently, Marco Island Charter Middle School 6th grade mathematics teacher Jackie Lightell received the “Teacher of Distinction” Award from Champions for Learning. Mrs. Lightell, who has taught at Marco Island Charter Middle School for 17 years, now becomes a candidate for the Champions for Learning’s Golden Apple Award, an award honoring the best teachers in Collier County.

Jackie Lightell receives the “Teacher of Distinction” Award from Eileen Recchia, representing Champions for Learning. |Submitted Photo

The Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the 30th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner presented by Suncoast Credit Union on April 3, 2020 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

Opportunities to sponsor a school to attend the event are available. For more information on event sponsorships and ticket sales go to

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