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  Serena Hills teacher Andrea Beaty learned she  received the Golden Apple award March 24.  (Photo by Tom Houlihan/H-F Chronicle) 

The surprise announcement was accompanied by balloons, flowers, cameras, family members, small children — and tears.

Andrea Beaty learned she was named one of the Chicago area’s top teachers when a parade of well-wishers burst into the gym at Serena Hills School on Friday.

“You’re a Golden Apple winner,” Principal Shari Demitrowicz told Beaty, who had been conducting a teaching session. Her . . .

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