A Hillcrest High School teacher has been named Springfield Public Schools 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year.
Courtney Dameron, who teaches family and consumer sciences, received the award during the Teacher Appreciation Banquet Monday. She was one of five finalists selected from 171 nominations.
Dameron said she believes in engaging curriculum that benefits a student for life. And she said she does her best to create meaningful relationships with her students and to respect them as the young adults they are.
Dameron is a Hillcrest graduate who replaced her mentor, Jane Rasmussen, in the classroom where she discovered her passion for teaching. Rasmussen mentored Dameron through college, student teaching and her first years with SPS.
Dameron will go on to compete at the regional level for Teacher of the Year. Individuals selected from each region will then compete for Missouri Teacher of the Year.