Each year, New Hampshire schools take part in the State and National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation and People to People Ambassador Programs. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. In New Hampshire, Hannaford Supermarkets is proud to partner with the Department of Education to sponsor the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year program. A Teacher of the Year candidate should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled person from any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is certified in the State of NH, demonstrates leadership and intends to continue in the teaching profession. The purpose of the program is to select a teacher who is worthy of speaking for and energizing the teaching profession, and representing the positive contributions of all teachers statewide. Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in New Hampshire schools.
The Lottery recognizes that funding in and of itself doesn’t guarantee successful outcomes. It’s the classroom educators who truly make a difference. That’s why the Lottery is pleased to support the NH Teacher of the Year Program and recognize the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards, which provide a venue to honor the unsung heroes who make a significant impact in our schools and in the lives of New Hampshire’s youth.
The heart of the New Hampshire Lottery is its commitment to education. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1964 all profits - more than $1.7 billion - have been earmarked for state education funding. Each year, the Lottery is committed to creating innovative new programs to help grow profits to further support education.
(pictured above from left to right: Jean-Marie Beauchemin, Hannafords Supermarkets; Heidi Welch, 2013 NH Teacher of the Year; Liz Lichtenberg, 2015 NH Teacher of the Year; Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., Commissioner of Education; and Joey Lee, 2014 NH Teacher of the Year)
Elizabeth Lichtenberg, a fourth grade teacher at Alton Central School, is the 2015 NH Teacher of the Year.
Joseph Lee, a social studies teacher at Pinkerton Academy, is the 2014 NH Teacher of the Year.
Heidi Welch, a music teacher at Hillsboro-Deering High School, is the 2013 NH Teacher of the Year.
Bethany Bernasconi, a science teacher at Windham High School, is the 2012 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.
Bernasconi Earns Lowell Milken Center Fellowship (article in the Salem Observer)
Angie Miller, a language arts teacher at Holderness Central School, is the 2011 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.
Eric Nash, a science teacher at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, is the 2010 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.
Deborah Fogg, a language arts teacher at the Lancaster School, is the 2009 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.
To help celebrate the amazing group of teachers from across the United States honored by this program, the Pearson Foundation hosts the Teachers of the Year in New York City - a visit that includes the opportunity for teachers to script, compose, and create their own personal video with the help of the Pearson Foundation's Digital Arts Alliance representatives. To view the resulting personal films (2007-2011), each entitled "Why I Teach," go to www.pearsonfoundation.org/ccsso-toy/2011.
For a list of past recipients or for more information about the Teacher of the Year Program go to the Leadership in Education Web site at www.nhgoldapple.org. For more information about the National Teacher of the Year Program go to www.ccsso.org/ntoy.html.
|Teacher of the Year Coordinator
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