Foundation for SPS seeking 2019 Turner Reading Award nominations for outstanding SPS reading teachers 

Do you know an outstanding reading teacher in Springfield Public Schools (SPS) who deserves recognition? Here’s the perfect opportunity to nominate them for the top, annual award for certified, SPS reading teachers.

The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools is currently taking nominations for the 2019 Turner Reading Awards, which annually recognizes five outstanding reading teachers in Springfield Public Schools.

This will mark the 18th year for the Turner Reading Awards, established and supported by the Turner family of Springfield. The awards include a cash prize for all five winning teachers and their schools.  Teachers are rewarded who show excellence in teaching reading and literature in the classroom, and instill in students a love of learning to read.Nominations will be accepted from anyone in the community.

L to R – Mike Dawson, SPS Chief Learning Officer congratulates 2018 Turner Reading Award recipients, Krista Perez – Watkins Elementary Teacher, Heather Caster – Fremont Elementary Teacher, Stalena Snyder – Holland Elementary Teacher, Kyle Wallace – Central High School Teacher, Laura Snelson – Sequiota Elementary Teacher

Please make sure your nominee meets the following criteria:

1. Nominee must be a certified teacher who teaches reading/literature in Springfield Public Schools.

2. Nominee should integrate reading with other topics across the curriculum.

3. Nominee should pair students with reading material at appropriate levels in areas of interest.

4. Nominee should use strategies for encouraging, recording and celebrating students’ reading in cooperation with families.

5. Nominee should adapt the pacing, content and emphasis of instruction for individuals and groups.

6. Nominee should be regarded by peers as a model for effective reading instruction.

7. Nominee should employ out-of-the-box thinking to teacher reading to children.

8. Nominee should build the whole child along with raising test scores in reading.

*Past Turner Reading Award recipients are eligible to be nominees for 2019.


The nomination deadline was Friday, February 1, 2019. Nominations are now closed for 2019. The Turner Reading Awards are managed and administered by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools.

If you have questions you may  phone the Foundation for SPS office at 417.523.0144.