MCHS celebrates Golden Apple teacher Otto Corzo

McHenry High School District 156 school board members honored Otto Corzo on Monday for earning the prestigious 2022 Golden Apple award for teachers this past spring.

The Golden Apple Foundation surprised Corzo, a 10th- and 11th-grade Spanish teacher at McHenry Community High School in McHenry, with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Corzo is one of 10 teacher award recipients in Illinois. 

Following a highly competitive process, the 2022 teaching award recipients were selected from more than 400 nominations of 9th-12th grade teachers. Corzo was also honored during a recent banquet given by the Golden Apple Foundation.

“We are honored to celebrate our 2022 award recipients and their many contributions both inside and outside of their schools. We know that their impact doesn’t stop at their classroom doors. These amazing teachers positively influence thousands over their lifetimes by shaping the lives of students, schools, and communities,” said The Golden Apple Foundation President Alan Mather. “They are truly inspirational, and we look forward to their continued commitment to the next generation of teachers as they support our two teacher preparation programs - the Golden Apple Scholars and Accelerators programs.”

The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching honor outstanding teachers for having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and school communities. Teacher recipients demonstrate – in their teaching and results – significant, positive impact on their students’ growth and learning. 

To read more and see more photos and video, visit the special Golden Apple newsletter here. Also, see a video showing the surprise here.