Published: Feb 15, 2013 2:39 PM EST
Updated: Feb 15, 2013 2:53 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla - 30 Lee County teachers were tardy for class today. They were being treated to breakfast at McDonald's as this year's finalists for the Golden Apple teacher recognition award.

The breakfast is part of the process of selecting the six teachers who will be awarded the Golden Apple later this spring.

The Golden Apple award is a program given by the community to educators. Over the next several weeks the 30 teachers who have made it to the final round, will be interviewed and observed in the classroom. The results of those interviews and observations will be calculated, and the top 6 teachers will be selected.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools coordinates the Golden Apple program.

Photo courtesy:  The News-Press

This year's Lee County Golden Apple finalists are:

1. Amy Mayer, Allen Park Elementary
2. Barbara Rebeor, Challenger Middle
3. Karen Green, Challenger Middle
4. Karen Huston, Heights Elementary
5. Sondra Best, Heights Elementary
6. Patrick Hanrahan, Ida S. Baker High
7. Fernando Vazquez, Ida S. Baker High
8. Shane Appledorn, Ida S. Baker High
9. Deanna Hasty, Ida S. Baker High
10. Susan Hassett, Robinson Littleton Elementary
11. Robert Schalmo, Villas Elementary
12. Joelle Beverly, Bayshore Elementary
13. Morgan Wright, J. Colin English
14. Allen Dyen-Shapiro, Island Coast High
15. Joseph Mallon, Island Coast High
16. Linda Grant, Patriot Elementary
17. Quinn Schnabel, Diplomat Middle
18. Mara Exposito, Diplomat Elementary
19. Jamie McGougan, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
20. Gwen Gregg, North Fort Myers High
21. Tonia Petro, Skyline Elementary
22. Barbara Winitzer, Skyline Elementary
23. Katie Donohue, Trafalgar Middle
24. Gwynetta Gittens, East Lee County High
25. Kerri Toscano, Gateway Elementary
26. Shandra Backens, Harns Marsh Elementary
27. Sara Kohlhauff, Pinewoods Elementary
28. Miriam Sutton, Three Oaks Elementary
29. Marjan Schoettelkotte, Treeline Elementary
30. Kimberly Stinson, Veterans Park Academy for the Arts