Teachers celebrated during Crystal Apple Awards dinner

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- As the school year comes to a close, NBC15 is once again honoring teachers through Crystal Apple Awards.

This school year, NBC15 received more than 550 Crystal Apple Award nominations covering 215 schools in southern Wisconsin. Five teachers received a Crystal Apple Award for going above and beyond the classroom.

The annual Crystal Apple Award dinner Wednesday honored the winners and 10 teachers who received an honorable mention.

"They build relationships with all of their students. They're the first to greet them when they arrive at school... They're really the unsung heroes of what we do in public education," said Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Superintendent George Mavroulis.

"In an industry where we so often focus on negative things that area happening, it's really refreshing to be able to share positive stories every spring and really show the community what so many amazing teachers are doing," said NBC15’s Leigh Mills.

Mills has been handing out these awards for 13 years and she said it's an honor and a privilege to spearhead this station project.

Nominations begin again next spring.