The 15th Annual WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Brunch was held over the weekend in Chaska, and a total of 7 educators from across the state were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student achievement, including a teacher from Springfield. There were three different categories of awards handed out, and Springfield High School Teacher Amanda Meyer was presented the Academic Challenge Coach of the Year Award. Meyer has been teaching and coaching for 10 years, and currently teaches biology, ecology and anatomy, and coaches Envirothon, Junior FIRST LEGO League, Knowledge Bowl, Science Bowl and Youth Energy Summit. She plans to donate a portion of her $15,000 award to installing Wi-Fi in Springfield School District buses so students in extracurricular activities can always be tuned in. Educators are nominated for the WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program by students, parents, colleagues and community members.