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Connections in the classroom

Teacher honored by Dublin School enjoys helping students convey ideas

  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • English teacher Alicia Hammond outside the Dublin School on Thursday afternoon. Hammond was recently honored by her coworkers and students for her work at the school.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

DUBLIN — A fourth generation teacher, Alicia Hammond of Dublin said in a recent interview that a love of education and a desire to positively impact young adults’ lives is in her bloodline.

“There’s an educational tradition in my family,” said Hammond, a teacher for the past four years at Dublin School. “Three generations before me on my mom’s side were teachers. My great-grandmother taught in a one-room schoolhouse in California, after moving there from Brattleboro. …It’s a fun coincidence that I’m here now, just a short drive away [from Vermont].”

Hammond taught history in California for eight years before moving to Dublin in 2009, at which time she began work at Dublin School. Last year, Hammond made the switch to teaching English and, in doing so, she said realized just how much she enjoys helping students enhance their literacy and develop the confidence to express themselves in everyday situations.

“My ultimate goal is for students to be able to — in their communities and for the rest of their lives — enter conversations, be engaged, informed and active participants in ongoing dialogues,” she said. “There’s so much talk about the changing climate of education in the 21st century, but I think the core of 21st century literacy is to be able to clearly convey your own ideas. I really like helping my students learn to do that.”

In recognition of her work this past year, her colleagues and students at Dublin School awarded Hammond with the Charles Latham Jr. Distinguished Teacher Award at an annual academic awards ceremony in May. This award honors an outstanding faculty member each year and the recipient is chosen by the head of Dublin School, academic dean, a student class representative and someone at large.

“I was surprised, humbled and so grateful for the award,” Hammond said.

But as much as she is thankful to the institution for the honor, Hammond said the award ceremony wasn’t about her that day, but rather Dublin School’s students who have made wonderful strides in their learning.

“Earlier in the ceremony I saw one of my students, who I worked with closely and who really struggled freshman year, win a number of awards. That, to me, was really special.”

Receiving letters from parents who say that Hammond has made a difference in their children’s lives is the greatest reward, she said.

“Now that I’m a parent, it really is one of the greatest feelings knowing that there are other adults in my son’s life that care about his development and his learning,” Hammond said.

Although California was her longtime home, she said she has a special place in her heart for New England, too. Hammond received her undergraduate degree in American studies from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and went on to Dartmouth College in Hanover to obtain her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a focus on journalism. And just a few years ago when she and her husband were looking for a fresh start and a new home, Hammond said the Monadnock region quickly caught their attention.

“The Monadnock region drew us in partially because there is such a deep literary tradition in the region and such a strong focus on education,” Hammond said, adding that she has enjoyed sharing ideas and stories with other area teachers during the summer months at the beach on Dublin Lake. “There’s a great collaborative spirit here.”

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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