JCC Preschool Teacher in the Running for Award
Byline: Ruth Silverman
Northwest Suburban Jewish Community Center preschool teacher Mimi Weitz will start 1997 on pins and needles.
The 10-year veteran of the JCC's early childhood program will learn in January whether she's been selected as a finalist for the prestigious 1997 Golden Apple Award.
She was recently nominated for consideration by an unidentified preschool parent. The Buffalo Grove resident teaches 4-year-olds at the JCC, where her supervisor Nancy Ocrant has only high words of praise for her.
"She goes above and beyond in all areas. She's constantly seeking new knowledge and setting up new environments in her classroom," says Ocrant, the director of the early childhood department at the JCC.
The next step in the selection process will occur late in January, when professional educators narrow the field to 30 candidates. Following interviews and classroom observation, 10 winners will be chosen.
Each will be inducted as fellows into the Golden Apple Academy and will receive a paid fall term to study, tuition-free, at Northwestern University; a cash award of $2,500; a computer, donated by IBM; and a professional development seminar series with leading education policy-makers. …