University of Illinois Springfield alumnus Jeff Lightfoot has been named the Springfield School District 186 Horace Mann 2015 Educator of the Year.
Lightfoot is currently a history teacher at Springfield High School and chair of the social studies department.
He’s been teaching at Springfield High since 1999.
Lightfoot also serves in an after-school program designed to put students back on track toward credit recovery and graduation, as well as being a student council chaperone and an organizer for the 100th anniversary of the current building.
He earned a master’s degree in political studies from UIS in 2005.