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2016 Horace Mann Educator and Administrator of the Year finalists, Rising Stars named

March 24, 2016

The Horace Mann and Springfield Public Schools Educator of the Year and Administrator of the Year finalists and Rising Star recipients were named today. The 2016 finalists and recipients are as follows:

Educator of the Year finalists:
Jenni Baldin, Feitshans Elementary
Nicolette Harris, Fairview Elementary
Martha Havey, Marsh Elementary
Lou Anne Lowder, Lee School
Layne Zimmers, Lincoln Magnet

Administrator of the Year finalists:
Kari Borders, Douglas/PREP
Kenyatta Revelle, Iles School
Karen Stroemer, Franklin Middle School

Rising Star recipients:
Samantha Cuzzort, Grant Middle School
Dan Hartman, Dubois Elementary
Erica Quandahl, Fairview Elementary

A committee composed of educators and community members selected these candidates after reviewing nominations. Educator of the Year and Administrator of the Year award recipients will be announced in May.

This is the 29th year Horace Mann is honoring excellence in education by awarding outstanding teachers. The Educator of the Year program recognizes the top teachers in Springfield Public School District 186, and the fourth annual Administrator of the Year program honors the top administrators. In addition, three teachers receive the Rising Star award. The Rising Star award is given to teachers who have no more than four years of experience and are showing great promise.