Peterborough rotary receiving nominations for teacher of the year

The Peterborough Rotary Club has expanded its 2014 Teacher of the Year Award to include nominations from the ConVal community and recognize more teachers, culminating in a special presentation and dinner.

A $1,000 classroom award will be presented to the winner at a dinner to be held at the Monadnock Country Club on Thursday, May 15.

“The purpose,” said Pamela Brenner, Peterborough Rotary president, “is to demonstrate a deep appreciation of ConVal teachers who excel in education, community service, and influence in helping students to achieve their full potential.”

The winner will be chosen from the 225 full-time teachers in the ConVal School District using a multi-level process. In all, nine teachers will be recognized. First, the ConVal community — students, parents, and the community at large — are encouraged to submit nominations. From those nominations, three finalists from each of the three school levels, elementary, middle, and high school, will be chosen, and one of those teachers from each school level will be recognized for Outstanding Teacher.

Finally, a single teacher from the finalists will be named Teacher of the Year.

“In recognizing outstanding teachers,” Brennan said, “we honor what is truly important to our community, and that is our ConVal youth. Most of us can recall a teacher who affected our life in a profoundly positive way. Well, we don’t want to wait 10, 20, or 30 years to recognize a teacher who is having that kind of impact on our students today. Let’s recognize and thank those role-model teachers now.”

The Outstanding Teachers and the Teacher of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner attended by Rotarians, business and civic leaders, as well as concerned parents, teachers, and students, at the Monadnock Country Club. The event is expected to sell out, and proceeds will be used to fund local Rotary scholarships and education.

Nominees must be teachers who: Have regular contact with students and inspire them to learn and achieve; Understand the individual need of the students, encourage their talents and help build confidence and self-esteem; Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students; Have participated in making positive contributions to the community; Have demonstrated participation and leadership in professional development activities and fostered cooperative relationships with colleagues.

Candidates also must exemplify by conduct the “Principles of Rotary” as stated in the “Rotary Four Way Test”: Is it the Truth?; Is it Fair to All Concerned?; Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?; Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?

Anyone can nominate a teacher for the award; however, self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations may include up to three letters of support and may be submitted by colleagues, students, former students, parents or any member of the ConVal school district.

Nominations can be made either online at or by sending a nomination form to the Peterborough Rotary Club, P.O. Box 354, Peterborough 03458. Paper nomination forms will be available at the Peterborough town office.

All nominations must be received by the Peterborough Rotary Club by April 15.

Nominee finalists will be announced during the week of April 28, at their individual school locations.

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