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NH Teacher Named One Of People Magazine’s Teachers Of The Year

Elizabeth "Libby" Curran, an elementary special education teacher at Richards Elementary School in Newport NH. Curran writes and illustrates small hand-made books that are often the only reading materials that students have at their home. "In order to learn to read,children need lots and lots of books," states Curran, who has helped raise reading aptitude. She has also created an after-school reading buddies program that has reached 500 children and their families. "Reading is the key to success not just in school but also in later life," states Libby.

Five teachers across the country were chosen as Teachers of the Year. The winners were nominated by readers and selected by People editors and an advisory board of education professionals. Each winner will receive $4,000 for their school and $1,000 for themselves, an article written about them in People Magazine, and an all expense paid trip to People Magazine Head Quarters in NYC.

Other winners include Jennifer Bohn of Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, FL; Brian Copes of Calera High School in Calera, AL; Arwen Imai Matthews of Academy Middle School in Houston TX and Robert J. Vega of Noble Street Charter School in Chicago, IL.

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