My name is Nicholas Rachowicz and I am a public university employee in the State of Illinois. Welcome to my fundraising page for the 2020 Chicago Marathon and the Golden Apple Foundation.
I am a veteran, member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, and a passionate runner and educator in the State of Illinois. I am a very proud member of the Queens Distance Runners Family out of the "World's Borough" of Queens in New York City. The 2020 Chicago Marathon will be my 11th Marathon. I have worked in higher education for over 15 years from Illinois to Ypsilanti, Michigan, in New York City and in New Orleans, to even Mississippi and Georgia.
What is Golden Apple?
Golden Apple’s mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois, especially in schools-of-need. Our leading-edge preparation delivers exceptional teachers who make an impact. We help students thrive in the classroom and in life. Since our beginning, we have recognized master educators annually; and, these master educators help prepare the next generation of teachers. Our vision is an Illinois in which every classroom has a great teacher and to realize this, we are committed to making a material difference in resolving the teacher shortage throughout Illinois.
Why I support Golden Apple:
When I was younger, I was active in extracurricular programming in my high school on the South Suburbs of Chicago. I was active in music and language programs. I had the good fortune to get to know a music teacher who won a Golden Apple. Reflecting on that teacher and how she influcenced me, I realize much of how I work with my students today was influenced by the work she put in to her relationships with students. She is truely an example of an amazing educator and had an influence on me growing up.
Now, as an educator myself at the college level, I believe that success in middle schools and high schools directly effects a student's ability to be successful at the university level and beyond. It is my hope that you will support my fundraising goal for the 2020 Chicago Marathon and your tax-deductable donation can go a long way towards supporting teachers who can positively impact everyday teachers doing hard work in the State of Illinois.