Published: Jan 13, 2012 8:24 PM EST
Updated: Jan 13, 2012 8:42 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla - 67 teachers from The School District of Lee County are dubbed Teachers of Distinction in the Golden Apple process. The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program brings awareness to the teaching profession in Lee County by recognizing top teachers in the district. This week, 33 teachers were announced finalists and surprised in their classroom by business and community leaders, school administrators, the Golden Apple Selection Committee and The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. An additional 67 teachers make up the top 100 teachers in the process.

“The Golden Apple Finalists and Teachers of Distinction are representative of the great teaching that is going on in Lee County Schools. Teachers have perhaps the most important profession in the world, educating our next generation,” said Marshall Bower, president & CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. “We are honored to recognize them each year, and so proud of all they do for our students.”

Teachers of Distinction ranked high in the Golden Apple application process and will continue to be recognized through upcoming Golden Apple activities. These top 100 educators have the opportunity to attend a professional development teacher training, Collegium for the Advancement of Education, which focuses on best practices and student achievement.

The Teachers of Distinction are:

Tiffany Adams, Treeline Elementary
Susan Barnes, Fort Myers High
Donald Barnett, Fort Myers High
Shannon Barone, Cape Elementary
Courtney Black, Varsity Lakes Middle
Sandra Black, Spring Creek Elementary
Heidi Brennan, Manatee Elementary
Stephanie Bumm, Mirror Lakes Elementary
Andrea Burnett, Ida S Baker High
Mica Burton, Challenger Middle
Eileen Cherbini, Lehigh Acres Middle
Suzanne Cimeno, Cape Elementary
Judith Cintron, North Fort Myers High
Kim Conrad, Mirror Lakes Elementary
Wendy Coston, Villas Elementary
Gloria Cross, Cape Coral High
Jeremy Dearinger, Mariner High
Susana Diaz, Sunshine Elementary
Katie Donohue, Trafalgar Middle
Mark Drew, Fort Myers High
Richard Dunmire, ALC Central Middle
Rita Ellis, Buckingham Exc Student Ctr
Trina Emler, Edgewood Academy
Barbara Esno, Lehigh Elementary
Denise Fenicle, N Fort Myers Acad for the Arts
Tracy Fischer, Sunshine Elementary
Jessica Flanders, Sunshine Elementary
Andrew Frinkle, Orange River Elementary
Gwynetta Gittens, East Lee County High
Susan Gower, Hancock Creek Elementary
Linda Grant, Patriot Elementary
Debra Graves, Tropic Isles Elementary
Catherine Griffin, Dunbar High
Cameron Howard, Treeline Elementary
Karen Huston, Heights Elementary
Susan Ives, Lexington Middle
Jan Klein, Island Coast High
Nora Kohler, Trafalgar Elementary
Deneen Kozielski, Mariner High
Jennifer Lusk, Sunshine Elementary
Crystal Matey, Ida S Baker High
Brenda Millage, Lexington Middle
Britt Monroe, Hector A Cafferata Jr Elem
David Moomaw, Three Oaks Middle
Gustavo Morales, Lexington Middle
Timothy Moriarty, ALC West
Lorna O'Connor, Island Coast High
Ihsan Orem, Oak Hammock Middle
Anita Parmer, San Carlos Park Elementary  
Kerri Peters, Cypress Lake Middle
Tonya Reasoner, Pinewoods Elementary
Eric Reynolds, Dunbar High
Phillip Savage, Varsity Lakes Middle
Quinn Schnabe,l Diplomat Middle
Jill Scott, Diplomat Elementary
Jennifer Seluk, Estero High
Kelly Shelton, Sunshine Elementary
Eileen Skillrud, Gulf Elementary
Jane Swedish, Pinewoods Elementary
Crystal Torres-Nunez, Sunshine Elementary
Lauren Useman, Edgewood Academy
Fernando Vazquez, Ida S Baker High
Marjorie Vereen, Cypress Lake Middle
Monica Walker, Lehigh Senior High
Teresa Williams, San Carlos Park Elementary
Morgan Wright, J Colin English Elementary
Vanessa York, Gulf Elementary