New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE)
Award to a New Hampshire PreK-12 teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to classroom learning and the teaching profession. Nominations are due February 16. Candidates for this award should be exceptionally knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated, demonstrate leadership, and intend to continue in the teaching profession.
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 the 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 capable of speaking for and energizing the teaching profession, and representing the positive contributions of all teachers statewide.
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 honor the nation’s greatest teachers while providing rigorous professional learning for them as teachers and advocates. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation. 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 the organization’s 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. This can be accomplished by supporting and nurturing past and current Teachers of the Year in their individual and professional endeavors, and by using the talents as educators and educated citizens to engage as partners the many constituent groups that public education serves.
-To encourage quality education for each individual through quality teaching
-To recognize the excellence and commitment of professional educators
-To build community awareness of educators,
-To provide a positive messages about the teaching profession
This nominated individual will have the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:
-Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
-Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
-Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
-Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning;
-Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way; and
-Is committed to improving education.
They must be poised, articulate, and possess the energy to work under a taxing schedule. The New Hampshire Teacher of the Year carries out his/her duties while maintaining a full classroom load.
The Teacher of the Year Program does not attempt to single out any individual as the best teacher in New Hampshire, but rather to honor one teacher who represents all the excellent teachers in the State. Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in New Hampshire schools.
Some of the opportunities as Teacher of the Year:
-Attend National Teacher of the Year Conference in Arizona (January)
-Address the NH State Board of Education (March)
-Attend National Teacher of the Year Announcement Ceremonies in Washington, DC (April)
-Attend Education Commission of the States (ECS) National Forum (June)
-Attend Space Camp (July)
-Attend National Teacher of the Year Next Steps Conference (September)
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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.
Anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher. There is no formal nomination application; simply contact Lori Kincaid, NH Teacher of the Year Coordinator, on or before February 16, 2018. Teachers may also self-apply.
Applications must be received at the New Hampshire Department of Education no later than March 16, 2018.
The Teacher of the Year Selection Committee meets to choose semi-finalists from the applications received. The Committee then visits semi-finalists' schools where they observe the teacher in class, interview school personal, community members, parents and students, as well as the semi-finalist. Over the summer finalists present their professional portfolios and give a speech on education to the Committee.
The Committee then selects the NH Teacher of the Year.
-February 16: Nominations due to the NH Department of Education
-March 16: Nomination applications due to Department of Education
-Early-April: Ceremony for all Nominees (nominees invited to display their students' and/or their work)
-Mid-April: Letters mailed out to nominees announcing the semi-finalists
-May: Site visits to semi-finalists' schools; representatives from the Teacher of the Year Committee observe the teacher in class, interview the teacher, colleagues, students, parents and supervisors.
-June: Finalists selected
-July-August: Oral Presentations of Finalists; Teacher of the Year Application Due at Oral Presentation
-August: Applications reviewed
-September: Announcement of 2019 NH Teacher of the Year
-Early-December: Leadership in Education Awards Ceremony
NH Teacher of the Year Program:
NH Teacher of the Year Process:
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Lori Kincaid, Teacher of the Year Coordinator
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
USA: New Hampshire