LAS Alumna Melissa Talaber Matwyshyn (biological sciences
‘04) is a finalist for the 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education
. Each year, the Golden Apple Awards choose ten outstanding educators for this honor. Ms. Talaber Matwyshyn works as a 7th-grade science teacher at St. Nicholas Cathedral School in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. School principal Dr. Susan Kurland noted, in part, "Melissa is a joy to behold as a teacher. She inspires others and is a major catalyst for school transformation." Talaber Matwyshyn also holds a Master of Education degree from UIC.