Excellence, Leadership & Commitment

The Golden Apple Award symbolizes a teacher’s professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.

The Golden Apple Awards Program has been established to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic Schools. It is our pleasure to announce that the Donahue Family Foundation will again sponsor the 17th Golden Apple Awards Program for our Diocese.

Awardees must be a practicing Catholic, a full time teacher and must have completed a minimum of six full years in the elementary or secondary school at which they currently employed. They must have a Pennsylvania Instructional II certificate and the appropriate catechetical certification. An elementary teacher applicant must be nominated by a teacher, parent, or student and parent. A secondary teacher applicant must be nominated by a student or parent.

Honoring Outstanding Teachers

The Golden Apple Award is given to six teachers and one principal in the Diocese of Harrisburg. The award consists of the following:

  • Cash award of $5,000.00
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Golden Apple Award

Some background:

  • The Golden Apple Awards are sponsored through the generosity and kindness of the Donahue Family Foundation.
  • Jack and Rhodora Donahue are parents of thirteen children all of whom were educated in Catholic schools.
  • The Donahue’s were eager to express their deep appreciation to Catholic school teachers for providing quality academic and faith filled education for their children.
  • The Donahue’s approached Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh, who immediately embraced the idea of a Golden Apple Award and the first group of teachers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh were honored in 1992.
  • Since that time the Donahue family instituted a program in the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio and in May of 2005 invited the Diocese of Harrisburg to institute the Golden Apple Awards Program.
  • The Donahue Family Foundation, Inc is located in Pittsburgh, PA and a son; William J. Donahue is president of the foundation.

Meet Our Awardees

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Lizabeth Miller

2022 Golden Apple Award Winner

Lizabeth Miller is a Kindergarten teacher at Saint Joseph Catholic School in York

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Michele Stager

2022 Golden Apple Award Winner

Michele Stager is an English teacher at Trinity High School in Camp Hill

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Sara Wrightstone

2022 Golden Apple Award Winner

Sara Wrightstone is a Fifth grade teacher at Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School in Harrisburg

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Heather Hoffman

2022 Golden Apple Award Winner

Heather Hoffman is a Middle School Director at York Catholic High School in York

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Katie Cole-White

2022 Golden Apple Award Winner

Katie Cole-White as a Pre-K teacher at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School in Hummelstown

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Nicole Martin

2022 Golden Apple Award Winner

Nicole Martin is a Theology teacher at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster

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Terry Klugh

2022 Golden Apple Award Winner

Terry Klugh is the Principal of Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster