ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Northside Middle School teacher is taking home quite an award.

The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation named Amber Benson the recipient of the 2022 Golden Apple Award.

“Watching students who have never felt success in math find confidence is one of the most rewarding experiences of our job,” Benson said. “Our relationships are what allow us to see this level of success in our students.”

Benson has been teaching for 11 years and was selected out of 17 finalists for the Golden Apple Award. She also was a nominee for the Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Amber Benson (Photo courtesy: Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation)

“We received more than 60 applications that were narrowed down to 17 finalists for the Golden Apple Award and seven finalists for the Green Apple Award,” said Kim Frampton, president of the RCPS Education Foundation.

The Education Foundation also released the top finalists for the Red Apple Award at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

  • Elementary school level: Missy Peroulas from Bonsack Elementary School
  • Middle school level: Matt Bartley from William Byrd Middle School
  • High school level: Brian Harris from Hidden Valley High School

“Several Foundation Board members served on the selection committee and watched every video from our finalists.  I can tell you that the selection process was extremely difficult, and the committee was very impressed with every one of our finalists,” Frampton said.

The Education Foundation also recognized a teacher with three years of experience or less with a Green Apple Award. The winner was Tracey Addison from William Byrd Middle School.