Tate H. Aldrich, 30, Laconia
Tate H. Aldrich, 30, of Laconia is an English teacher and English Department chairman at Laconia High School.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I am from Laconia; therefore, my serving as the English Department chair at Laconia High School is both a big honor and a big responsibility. I consider myself lucky to have grown up in Laconia, and teaching provides me an opportunity to give back to the city. Because I share a regional identity with my students, I’m able to connect with them in a meaningful way, and my intimate knowledge of their circumstance demands I work tirelessly to help improve their lives. By collaborating with local altruistic organizations, like “Got Lunch!” and “Stand Up Laconia,” I hope to serve as a role model of civic responsibility for my students.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
It’s not how young people in New Hampshire perceive success; it’s how they perceive its opposite. To them, not relocating is indicative of failure. New Hampshire needs to celebrate more frequently those who’ve decided to stay and contribute meaningfully to their hometowns. Currently, I’m working with the nonprofit organization Stay Work Play New Hampshire to help change young people’s perception of us “townies.” Hopefully, this work will help retain and recruit more young professionals!
Volunteer activities: I am a member of “Stand Up Laconia,” which combats substance abuse in Laconia. I also collaborate annually with “Got Lunch!” to help them procure non-perishable food items.