The Springfield School District has announced its Teacher Of The Year. Fifth-grade teacher Sharon Stern has been teaching in Springfield since 1992. She has also coached academic triathlon, and has been the Springfield science fair coordinator for 17 years. Stern earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, and her first teaching position was at Zion Lutheran School in Sanborn, where she met her husband, Lee Stern. She took night and summer classes to earn another education bachelor’s degree and her state licensure while initially working as a substitute and assistant teacher in Springfield.