The recipients of the 2022 Turner Reading Award were announced Wednesday by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools.
The award was established in 2002 by the Turner family of Springfield with the goal of recognizing outstanding reading teachers in Springfield Public Schools.
This is the 20th year it has been awarded. The 2022 recipients include:
Robyn Hagerman, Ada Fulbright Early Childhood
Noelle Gibbs, Campbell Early Childhood
Lauren Blackmon, Field Elementary
Krista Payne, Disney Elementary
Bob Lynch, Glendale High School
Colleagues and others were asked to nominate educators who instilled a love of reading in their children, demonstrated excellence in reading and literature in the classroom.
The recipients and the schools where they work will receive a cash prize.
“The generosity from the Turner Family allows us the opportunity to reward these educators and their classrooms,” said Natalie Murdock, executive director of the SPS foundation, in a news release.
“Each of them are nurturing the growth of literacy in their students every day.”
The foundation sponsors a Celebrate SPS Banquet each year to highlight teachers and support staff. This year, it will be April 18 at the Oasis Convention Center.
This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Five SPS educators praised for imparting love of reading in children