Celebrating Leadership in Education Awards
The goal of the Awards program is to shine a positive spotlight on the achievements of these quality educators. In honoring them, we recognize the lasting power and potential of great teachers, and the teaching profession. Educators like these, and those who will follow in their footsteps, give us great hope for the future of American education, and America's children.
Each year, educators and supporters celebrate an evening of Leadership in Education honoring the New Hampshire:
- Blue Ribbon Schools
- Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and
- Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year
These educators recognize the critical connection between successful students and educator excellence, and give their time and ideas to improve our educational system. We are proud to acknowledge the vision and dedication that these New Hampshire educators bring to their profession. Each one of these outstanding individuals has made an impact on the lives of their students and the profession of teaching. The Department of Education would like to applaud the outstanding achievements of these recipients.
2019 Awards Ceremony
On December 5, 2019, educators and supporters gathered at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth to honor this year's award recipients.
2018 Awards Ceremony
The New Hampshire Department of Education held its 17th Annual Leadership in Education Awards Ceremony at the Mills Falls at the Lake in Meredith on Dec. 6, 2018, honoring teachers and schools in the Granite State. The event was emcee’d by Sean McDonald, a WMUR-TV news anchor and co-host of "Chronicle."" This year's recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School award was also given an award.
Commissioner Frank Edelblut spoke about education and commended the teachers for working so hard to become exemplary and outstanding educators by connecting to their students as individuals.
Heidi Crumrine, an English teacher at Concord High School who was the 2018 Teacher of the Year, gave attendees an overview of her exciting year as teacher of the year – from meeting the second lady's pet bunny to participating in activities at Space Camp and visiting the Berlin Wall.
Carrie Vaich, the principal of the Mast Way School in Lee, accepted the National Blue Ribbon School award for her school while Bryan Smith of Bethlehem Elementary School and Greg Snoke of Captain Samuel Douglas Academy in Brookline received awards for being named Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winners.
In his speech, Teacher of the Year Keith Noyes of Belmont Middle School shared some of his strategies connecting with students which often led to lifelong relationships as his students matured into adulthood. He said he felt blessed to be named Teacher of the Year while representing New Hampshire’s education community during the next year.