Two Newport School District Teachers are Nominees for “NH Teacher of the Year”


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Jennifer Paquette, a first grade teacher from Richards Elementary School, and Cathryn Burke, the 8th grade Science teacher from Newport Middle School, are each nominees for the 2019 NH Teacher of the Year award to be selected in September of this year.  They each received certificates of recognition from NH Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut and Deputy Commissioner Christine Brenner. 

Jennifer Paquette (left), a first grade teacher from Richards Elementary School, and Cathryn Burke (right), the 8th grade Science teacher from Newport Middle School, are each nominees for the 2019 NH Teacher of the Year award. They each received certificates of recognition from NH Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut and Deputy Commissioner Christine Brenner (Courtesy photos).

The NH Teacher of the Year award is presented to a teacher who is capable of speaking for and energizing the teaching profession, who represents the positive contributions of all teachers statewide and who intends to continue in the teaching profession.  Paquette and Burke joined 21 other nominees in a forum in which they presented evidence of their teaching and school leadership.  They were assessed by the NH Teacher of the Year Committee. 

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Superintendent Cindy Gallagher said, “Both, Jen and Cathryn are leaders in their classes, with their teams and among the staff.  They are helping the District move forward with competency- based education.”  The NH Teacher of the Year Award is not a recognition of a single best teacher; rather, it is presented to someone who represents the best of what teaching has to offer.  Gallagher said, “Their nominations are testimony to the hard work that the Newport staff are doing to make education better for our kids.  Jen and Cathryn do not stand alone, they represent the whole District.  I’m proud to work with them.”

The presentations made on April 3 were the first step in the nomination process.  Semi-finalist will be notified in the next two weeks.  The review committee will visit each school and interview staff, parents and students to help make the final decision.  The finalist is announced in September, 2018, and will be recognized at the NH Education Awards in December 2018.  

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