A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155:
Cary-Grove Teacher Nominated as Golden Apple Finalist
Josh Norten is one of 30 finalists for the 2016 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Finalists were selected from 400 candidates who teach 9th-12th grade throughout the Chicagoland area. The award recognizes and honors outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society.
After receiving a nomination letter in November, Norten worked to complete five essays and submit three letters from colleagues.
“I’m honored, and I’m humbled, beyond humbled.
“I love that I work alongside wide-eyed students and am able to share my life wisdom with them.
“Being a Golden Apple candidate has forced me to reflect, and it has rejuvenated me,” said Josh Norten, Cary-Grove physics teacher.
This school year, Norten teaches AP Physics 1 and AP Physics C. He has taught science at Cary-Grove High School for 19 years.
“On behalf of the Board of Education and District 155, we are incredibly proud of Josh Norten for being named a Golden Apple Finalist. He is dedicated to our students, and he has a passion for teaching,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent.
Norten credits his high school teacher, Scott Beutlich from Crystal Lake South, and his interest in physics for pursuing a teaching career. From an early age Norten was interested in planets, lightning, and magnets, and enjoyed going to science museums. During his undergrad years he had the opportunity to work in a research environment and as an undergraduate teaching assistant. He said both were good experiences, but teaching won.
“I am surrounded by excellent, passionate teachers who pour their heart and soul into Cary-Grove,” said Norten. “My biggest cheerleaders are my family, Principal Jay Sargeant, and Division Leader Troy Bruley. I want to thank my colleagues who have mentored me, especially Therese Youel when I began teaching AP in 2001 and Scott Beutlich, who is now retired.”
The 30 finalists will be honored during a Celebration of Excellence on Saturday, April 2. There will be a final round of review and classroom observations prior to the selection of 10 award recipients.