Hambrick has been teaching at the Springfield City School District for seven years and was a teacher in the Washington D.C. area for 10 years before that.
“My wife is from Ohio so we were moving back here to be closer to family,” he said. “I found a position here at Springfield and it’s been great since.”
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Hambrick’s classroom has many real-life discussions. When interviewed by the Springfield News-Sun late last month, he was preparing to teach a section on what local government has done to combat the heroin epidemic in the city and what can the government lawfully do to further fight it.
Springfield High School STEAM Principal Teresa Dillon nominated him.
“I decided to nominate him because he has a model classroom,” she said. “He tries so many different learning strategies with the kids. He does a projects every quarter. Every time I go in there the kids are engaged. He has a great classroom.”
Hambrick decided to become a teacher because of his high school experience and his teachers that inspired him.
“In high school I loved engineering and I took a lot of engineering courses and I was torn,” he said of becoming a teacher. “But I had some great high school teachers and it turned me toward that as a profession.”
He said he tries to set the same example and inspire his students like he was inspired.
“I still love it,” he said.
About this series
The Springfield News-Sun will profile four Clark County teachers who have been recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Awards for the 2016-2017 school year, starting today and continuing through Wednesday.