Teacher of the Year

A Teacher of the Year candidate should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled classroom teacher from any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is certified in the State of New Hampshire, demonstrates leadership and intends to continue in the teaching profession.

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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 capable of speaking for and energizing the teaching profession, and representing the positive contributions of all teachers statewide. This individual: has the respect and admiration of their colleagues; 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.

Nominations for the 2024 Teacher of the Year are now open! 

Do you know an outstanding teacher who would be an excellent representative of New Hampshire? Any skilled, certified pre-K through 12th grade teacher from any state-approved or accredited school can be nominated by completing the form below. Once your nomination is received, an email will be sent to the teacher letting them know they have been nominated, along with the application and an explanation of the process. It is then the teacher's decision whether to move forward in the process by filling out the application by the deadline. The nomination deadline is February 5, 2023.

Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

2024 Teacher of the Year Application

2023 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year - Christian Cheetham!

Press release 10/24/22 - 2023 Teacher of the Year announcement

Christian Cheetham

Press release 8/15/22 - Top four finalists announced for 2023 Teacher of the Year                       

Press release 6/1/22 - Ten teachers selected as semi-finalists for the 2023 Teacher of the Year Award

Meet all of the 2023 nominees (updated with finalist info)

2022 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year - Sara Casassa

Sara Casassa









Sara Casassa, 2022 NH Teacher of the Year


2021 NH Teacher of the Year- Danielle Boutin

Danielle Boutin, an ELL teacher at Nashua’s Ledge Street School, has been named as the 2021 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. The Department of Education honored this year’s finalists at a ceremony on the State House Lawn in Concord.

Danielle Boutin is an eleven-year veteran English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher. She works with multilingual students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade at Ledge Street Elementary School in Nashua. Boutin’s curiosity and love of language and culture makes working with multicultural students the best job for her. She describes her students as creative and open-minded and appreciates her students’ eagerness to learn. Boutin grew up in New Hampshire, receiving her Bachelors of Art in English and Humanities (dual major) and Master’s in Education in secondary English and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certification from the University of New Hampshire. Boutin describes her job as looking a little different each day and she loves not knowing exactly what to expect. When working with students of various cultures and linguistic backgrounds, each day is filled with teachable moments. In addition to teaching, connecting and advocating for families is a large part of Boutin’s love for her job. Over the past decade, Boutin has worked to build a strong community support network which she can lean on to help her families with a variety of issues including food and housing insecurity, domestic violence, and trauma.

Boutin also works hard to collaborate and advocate for the needs of her students at the school, district, and state level. Boutin has been an active member of numerous state ELL advisory committees and often works to help bring attention to the needs of her students and her families.

“This has been one heck of a year in education. Teachers around the country are doing their best to learn a new environment and it has been very challenging,” said Boutin. “All of the parents out there are also Teachers of the Year as they teach their kids from home. It takes a lot of people to help students succeed.”

“Ms. Boutin’s exceptional contributions to her students and community were unparalleled. While all the candidates are doing extraordinary work in New Hampshire, Ms. Boutin’s comprehensive approach to connecting students, teachers and the community are what will make the difference for many future generations,” said Claudia Tobon, Vice President of Geskus Studios and Yearbook Publishing and sponsor of the NH Teacher of the Year Program.

Previous Teachers of the Year


Recognition and Award Programs Coordinator
Stacey MacStravic
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301