Champions for Learning held the annual Golden Apple dinner for those nominated as this year’s Teachers of Distinction at the Naples Grande. Over 650 people were in attendance at the dinner on  Monday, Apr.16.

Naples High School principal Darren Burkett was also in attendance at the dinner.

“Mrs Gregory does a great job supporting students,” Principal Burkett said. “She does a great job of identifying what the students need, and communicating with the parents.”

Naples ESE teacher, Cynthia Gregory, was one of the nominated Teachers of Distinction in attendance.

“I was nominated because I have power high expectations for my students,” Gregory said.

Mrs.Gregory goes above and beyond for her students, allowing her students to excel and succeed in many aspects of their academic careers.

“Some of our inclusion activities include team sports, special Naples High School events, and implementation of some students into regular ed classrooms,” Gregory continued.

Every year since 1986, the Golden Apple Association recognizes teachers with exceptional teaching and leadership qualities. The idea was originally founded by Martin J. Mike Koldyke to help unnoticed teachers get the recognition they deserve.