Many educators across NH honored for teaching excellence
Holly Doe, Pelham Elementary School, Pelham: The N.H. Department of Education has selected Holly Doe as this year's recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching.
Her selection was based on her passion and commitment to teach students in a collaborative, project-based environment. Her students explore their own solutions and think and act like scientists and engineers.
At Pelham Elementary School, Doe has implemented a program with a strong engineering focus. More than 800 students visit her classes once a week to learn about the engineering design process and to use their problem-solving skills. Through building and programming activities, students in Doe's classes learn to persevere and to think critically in order to solve relevant problems that cross all disciplines and themes.
Dr. Michael Hendery, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester: The New Hampshire College and University Council has chosen Dr. Michael Hendery, Assistant Professor of Psychology, to receive their 2014 Outstanding Teaching in Postsecondary Education Award.
The selection committee cited Hendery's enormous impact on his students and his ability to empower students both in and out of the classroom. Learning is not just a passive habitual teaching process for Hendery. He is well known for his preparation for class and for the care he puts into creating learning experiences that are effective and relevant for students.
Rebecca Rush, Northwood School, Northwood: The N.H. Association of World Language Teachers is proud to present the 2014 World Language Teacher of the Year Award to Rebecca Rush. Rush is currently teaching Spanish in Northwood School.
Rush promotes enthusiasm and understanding of World Languages to all of her students, regardless of their abilities. With her guidance, nearly all of her middle school Spanish students enter high school at level two honors where they continue to excel.
Rush's encouragement in the World Language community has inspired her colleagues to look beyond the honor student, and to find ways to help all students find meaning in World Languages.
Marian Alese, ConVal School District, Peterborough: The New Hampshire Association of School Business Officials has selected Marian Alese as the School Business Administrator of the Year.
Alese was chosen due to her extensive knowledge in school budgeting, project financing, and creating appropriate fiduciary internal controls. She has used her knowledge of the financial and business operations of schools in mentoring and supporting her colleagues and in her involvement in the wider educational community in New Hampshire.
In addition, Alese is the chairperson of the NH Association of School Business Officials Professional Development Committee that provides "best practices" training to NH's school business professionals seeking to earn and maintain their New Hampshire and national certifications.
Christina Flanders, Laconia School District, Laconia: The New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists has selected Christina Flanders as their School Psychologist of the Year.
Flanders is a school psychologist in the Laconia School District where she has worked since June 2005. She is also an adjunct instructor at Plymouth State University and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern Maine. Over the years, she has been actively involved in the NH Association of School Psychologists, serving as secretary, regional representative, and as a member of the Ethics Committee.
Flanders has been involved in advocacy efforts at the state and national levels. She is well respected by her colleagues, performs her job in an exemplary manner, and provides a full range of school psychological services to students, staff, and families with whom she works.
Martha Rives, Souhegan High School, Amherst: The NHAEA is proud to have selected Martha Rives as the 2013-14 Art Educator of the Year. Rives has been a dedicated art educator teaching at Souhegan High School since 1992 and has worked tirelessly to promote art education at the state and national levels.
As her principal, Jon Ingram, states, "Martha's commitment to integrating the arts into the fiber of our school and community and the community we serve is at the heart of what makes her such an integral part of the student experience."
Her commitment was just as strong in the Art Educators' Association, leading them as the past president from 2007-2012 and working on the fall conferences since 2006. She has also represented her art association at Team East and at national conventions.
Donna Ciocca, Plymouth State University: The Granite State Reading Council of the International Reading Association has selected Donna Ciocca as the Reading Teacher of the Year.
Ciocca embodies all those traits that reading teachers exemplify. Ciocca taught science, mathematics, and language arts in the Concord School District for 26 years before retiring. She currently is an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University where she teaches in the Reading Specialist program.
In addition to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Plymouth State and Southern New Hampshire Universities, Ciocca has planned and executed New Hampshire Literacy Day for the past 8 years.
Through her tireless devotion to literacy, Ciocca has worked to give away close to 75,000 free books to children who participate in the various activities associated with the NH Literacy Day.
Tony Baldassaro, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, Exeter: Tony Baldassaro has been chosen by the NH Society of Technology in Education for the Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award because he is a fine example of educational technology leadership for the 21st century.
Baldassaro has been a classroom teacher, building administrator, and school district administrator prior to taking his current position as Chief Human Resource Officer at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in Exeter, NH. He writes regularly on his personal website, speaks at conferences, and shares liberally through various social media tools including Twitter.
Baldassro is truly an exceptional leader and has impacted so many people in education and in the area of technology integration.
Monica Cataldo, East Derry Memorial Elementary School, Derry: The New Hampshire Association for Gifted Education has selected Monica Cataldo as this year's Gifted Educator of the Year. The Program for the Acceleration and Curriculum Enhancement at the East Derry Memorial Elementary School is honored to have her as the teacher.
She develops the academic talents of her students by teaching math classes at an accelerated level and is dedicated to understanding and implementing the Common Core State Standards. Cataldo plays a critical role in inspiring and motivating students to reach their highest potential.
She provides creative and challenging learning experiences for all students with whom she works. Her lessons and activities engage students while fostering higher-level thinking. Cataldo is a valuable resource for classroom teachers by assisting with differentiation of instruction for gifted and high-ability students.
Kristen Burke, Conway Elementary School, Conway: The New Hampshire School Counselors Association is pleased to announce Kristen Burke as their 2013-14 Elementary School Counselor of the Year.
Burke was born to be an elementary school counselor! Through her individual work with students, innovative school counseling programs and community outreach, she has formed unique and impacting relationships with her students and their families.
These relationships have formed the foundation of a highly effective and comprehensive elementary school counseling program that meets the needs of all of her students.