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NH Teacher of the Year Process


Teachers may be nominated or self apply. Each candidate submits a written application containing biographical and professional information, essays on topics ranging from personal teaching philosophy to the issues facing education, and letters of endorsement. 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. (Teacher of the Year Selection Timeline)

Committee members: State Board of Education, Chair or designee, NH Association of School Principals Director, Former Teacher of the Year, Deputy Commissioner of Education or designee, NH Teacher of the Year Coordinator, and a representative of Hannaford Supermarkets.

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 and intends to continue in the teaching profession. 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. 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 Department of Education not only administers and presents awards to recognize leadership in education, these national and statewide awards build community awareness of our educators while providing positive messages about the teaching profession as a whole. 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.

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 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.

Hannaford Supermarkets is proud to partner with the Department of Education to sponsor the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by Target, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the ING Foundation, the University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs. It is the oldest and most prestigious honors program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching.

Nominations or applications can be sent to Lori Temple, NH Teacher of the Year Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Education, 101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301 or email Lori.Temple@doe.nh.gov. If you have any questions, please telephone Lori Temple at (603) 271-6646.

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)
  • Technology from SMARTer Kids™ Foundation

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711