Liberty and Missouri Southern State University’s Teacher Education Department Present The 2024 Golden Apple Awards

(Joplin, MO)Nominations for the 2023–2024 Golden Apple Awards are being accepted now through March 8, 2024, 5:00 pm CST. This is the 39th year for this popular program, which recognizes instructional excellence in Joplin’s public and private schools. The online nomination form is now live and can be filled out here. Paper nomination forms will also be distributed to local schools.  

Awards are given in four categories: grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Nominated teachers are eligible to win if they are a certified classroom teacher who instructs students on a daily basis, if they are teaching during the 2023–2024 school year, and have not been a previous recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony on May 13.   

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! 

Thank you to our title sponsor, Liberty Utilities, and our presenting sponsor, Missouri Southern State University’s Teacher Education Department.  


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

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