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 annual Golden Apple Awards Program for our Diocese.

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

The 2024 Golden Apple Award recipients are:

  • Kimberly Winters, Principal of St. Joseph School in Danville
  • Stephanie Bader, Middle School Language Arts and Religion teacher at St. Catherine Labouré School in Harrisburg
  • Tony Brill, Instrumental Music, Band Director, and Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Lancaster Catholic High School
  • Michael DiMarco, Theology teacher at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg
  • Kelli Eisenberg, Music teacher at St. Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg
  • Kathleen Leandri, Mathematics teacher at Trinity High School in Camp Hill
  • Karla Staub, Math, Religion and Language Arts teacher at St. Joseph School in York