An award only given to the best teachers in Illinois was handed out in East Moline today.
This year, Heather Monson was surprised.
She is a world history teacher at United Township High School.
She was awarded the Golden Apple for excellence in teaching.
“I’m not sure what got me the award, I’d like to think I’m a strong teacher, but I do a lot of things in the community and for the school and students in particular,” Monson said.
550 teachers were nominated.
The nominations had to come from fellow educators, students, parents or community members.