Golden Apple Award Winners Announced

Sponsored by Liberty Utilities and Missouri Southern State University

(Joplin, MO)
The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Golden Apple Awards. This program, now in its 36th year, is designed to recognize excellence in the teaching profession. This year, 80 educators from Joplin public and private schools were nominated by students, parents, and coworkers. 

Awards are given in four categories: grades K2, 35, 68, and 912. Nominees are certified classroom teachers who instruct students on a daily basis and are teaching during the 20202021 school year. 

 Congratulations to our 2021 Golden Apple Recipients! 

  •  Stephanie Reither, Cecil Floyd Elementary School, grades K2 
  •  Kathy NicodemusIrving Elementary School, grades 35 
  •  Cheryl SieberNorth Middle School, grades 68 
  •  Syeda GreenleeJoplin High School, grades 912 

In honor of Kathleen Keisner, a former teacher and Golden Apple nominee and finalist who taught at Irving Elementary School for 25 years, each non-award finalist was recognized with a $140 gift cardCongratulations to all the finalists! 

  • Victoria Baker, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, grades K–2 
  • Erica Doennig, Irving Elementary School, grades K2 
  • Sara Meyer, Irving Elementary School, grades K2 
  • Erica DuRossette, Royal Heights Elementary School, grades 35 
  • Miranda Hembree, Joplin Schools Gifted Program, grades 35 
  • Chelsea Meyer, Royal Heights Elementary School, grades 35
  • Paula Bohm, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, grades 68 
  • Darren Morgan, South Middle School, grades 68 
  • Amanda Powell, East Middle School, grades 68 
  • Cara Clark, Joplin High School, grades 912 
  • Gelmis Cole, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, grades 912 
  • LaHeather Fisher, Joplin High School, grades 912 

The Chamber is pleased to honor the memory of this extraordinary teacher, mother, and grandmother and would like to thank those who donated in memory of Kathleen Keisner.  

Thank you to the Title Sponsor,Liberty Utilities, and the Presenting Sponsor,Missouri Southern State University, as well.  


Erin Slifka, Marketing & Public Information Manager
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

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