The Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education selects one exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher to serve as an ambassador for all the excellent teachers in our State. Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in New Hampshire schools. 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. This individual must be able to instill learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities; have the respect and admiration of colleagues, students, parents, and administrators; be active in the community as well as in the school; and be committed to improving education.
Each year, New Hampshire schools take part in the State and National Teacher of the Year Program. It is the mission of the National Teacher of the Year Program to recognize and honor the contributions of the American classroom teacher. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with the University of Phoenix Foundation and People to People Ambassador Programs. It is the oldest and most prestigious honors program to focus 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. Educators are selected from any New Hampshire state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, if they are planning to continue in an active teaching status.
Mission Statement of the NH Teacher of the Year Organization
It is our mission to improve education by serving as role models, to increase the value that society places on education, and to enhance the status and respect of the teaching profession. We can accomplish this by supporting and nurturing past and current Teachers of the Year in their individual and professional endeavors, and by using our talents as educators and educated citizens to engage as partners the many constituent groups that public education serves.