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Horace Mann 2015 Educator of the Year Finalists Named

April 9, 2015
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2015 Educator of the Year

Horace Mann and Springfield Public Schools have named the 2015 Educator and Administrator of the Year finalists and the Rising Star recipients.

Educator of the Year Finalists
Outstanding educators who have taught in District 186 for at least five years
Kate Dabbs, Lee Elementary
Kathy Fetter, Marsh Elementary
Jeff Lightfoot, Springfield High
Nikki Moore, Dubois Elementary
Paula Shotwell, Iles

Administrator of the Year Finalists
Outstanding administrators with two or more years of administrative experience
Kari Borders, Douglas Prep
Renee Colwell-Roy, Laketown Elementary
Tracy Gage, Butler Elementary

Rising Star Recipients
Educators showing great promise who have taught in District 186 for four years or less
Jasmine Coleman, Lanphier High School
Adrienne Crawford, McClernand Elementary
Jenny Nolting, Dubois Elementary
Nichole Poss, Iles

A committee of community members will determine which finalists will be named Educator and Administrator of the Year. The award recipients will be announced on May 11.

The Educator of the Year will receive $1,000, a crystal owl, and will represent the district at select events throughout the year. Four finalists will receive $250 and a crystal apple. The Administrator of the Year will receive $500 and a plaque, while the two finalists will receive $250. Rising Star recipients will receive $250.

2015 marks the 28th year for the Horace Mann Educator of the Year program and the third year for the Administrator of the Year award.

Horace Mann is the nation’s largest insurance company focusing on educators financial needs by providing auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance, and other financial solutions. Founded by educators for educators in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield.