SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Springfield Public School District nominated one outstanding teacher from each of the five schools and a school nurse in the district to the Governor's Educator of the Year Program.

The New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor's Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program were  recently integrated into the Governor's Educator of the Year Program. 

Springfield Public School Superintendent Michael A. Davino and Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School Principal Michael C. Plias selected Physical Education and Health teacher Lindsay Stearns as Sandmeier’s submission for the Governor's Educator of the Year.

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Stearns is unique amongst his fellow teachers in the school district. He was born and raised in Springfield is a direct product of the Springfield school system.

“Having the opportunity to teach the students in my hometown has been very rewarding,” Lindsey Stearns said. “To be nominated was an honor and I’m very blessed to work in such an amazing community.”

Stearns was hired as the Physical Education and Health teacher at Sandmeier six years ago.

“The support from my fellow teachers and staff has been truly special,” Stearns added. “I’m fortunate that I have been able to work in such a nurturing environment.”

Stearns is a James Caldwell Elementary alumni and a 2003 graduate of Jonathan Dayton High School. After high school, Stearns went on to earn a degree at Kean University.  He is also a diehard New York Giants and New York Yankees fan.

“It has been a pleasure observing Mr. Stearns not only grow as an educator, but to also see the inspiration and drive that he provides for all of us; most importantly, for our students,” Principal Michael C. Plias stated emphatically.

The Governor’s Educator of the Year program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success.  Further, it seeks to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.

The Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School provides a safe, challenging, and supportive learning environment that meets the academic and social needs of every child, fostering the development of good character and a passion for lifelong learning so that children become responsible, caring citizens who contribute to a global society.