Joplin accepts nominations for the 2020-2021 Golden Apple Awards

Joplin Golden Apple Awards logo over books and an apple

JOPLIN, Mo. – It’s the 36th year for the Golden Apple Awards. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 year now through February 1.

The Golden Apple Awards recognize excellence in Joplin schools, both public and private. The nomination form can be found here: 

There are many wonderful educators in Joplin and they all deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication; please consider nominating a teacher for this special award!” – JACC

More information about the Award from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce:


Teachers play a vital role in the lives of our children. The purpose of the Golden Apple Awards Program is to recognize excellence in the teaching profession and to inform the public of the exceptional quality of instruction in the Joplin community. It is also an opportunity to recognize the importance of education and the tremendous resource we have in our teaching professionals.


One teacher is honored in each of the following four categories:
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12


A nominee must be a certified classroom teacher who instructs students on a daily basis.

A nominee may teach at any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12.

A nominee must be teaching during the 2020-2021 school year in a public or private school in Joplin.

A nominee may not be a previous recipient of the Golden Apple Award.

American historian Henry Brooks Adams stated: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” How often do we regret our failure to praise someone for a job well done, or thank someone for the positive influence they had on our lives? This is your opportunity to recognize a teacher for his or her outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.


The most important consideration in evaluating the nominated teachers is the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to reach their full potential through the educational process. All nominated teachers will be asked to complete an information sheet that outlines their experience and teaching philosophies. This information, along with nomination support letters, will be reviewed by a judging panel, and finalists will be notified for personal interviews.