CONCORD — Kimberly Piper-Stoddard, an English teacher for inmates at the men’s state prison in Concord, has been named New Hampshire’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, the first time ever the award has gone to a Department of Corrections educator at what is known as Granite State High School.
Piper-Stoddard was honored Wednesday at a surprise ceremony at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord.
“There are many paths to bright futures,” Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut said in a statement. “Ms. Piper-Stoddard teaches students who have gone down the wrong path but are working to turn their lives around. I congratulate her, and hope this well-earned award will draw attention to the great work being done at Granite State High School.”
In her application for Teacher of the Year, Piper-Stoddard wrote: “Throughout my career, I have resolved to be an example to those in my care. On my best days I model for them curiosity, active listening, problem-solving, empathy, and enthusiasm for learning. Even on the not-so-good days, I can still model admitting, apologizing for and fixing my mistakes. These are skills that will transcend the classroom, and hopefully propel my students into a new and better life when they are released from custody.”
Piper-Stoddard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Teaching with a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education, both from the University of New Hampshire. She has been in the education field for 25 years as a pre-school teacher, elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, and her current position as a high school English teacher at Granite State High School. Granite State High School is located within the walls of the NHSP-M, the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women in Concord (NHCFW), as well as the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (NNHCF) in Berlin.
Piper-Stoddard becomes New Hampshire’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year and will represent the state at several National Teacher of the Year events throughout the year.
New Hampshire Teacher of the Year finalists also included Jeremy Brown, Littleton High School; Sarah Grossi, Con-Val Regional High School; John “Drew” Groves, Bow High School; Barbara Milliken, Oyster River High School; and Christine Stilwell, Robert J. Lister Academy.