Peterborough Rotary names finalists for Teacher of the Year

The Peterborough Rotary Club has announced the finalists for the “Peterborough Rotary Teacher of the Year.” The group includes three teachers from each school level — elementary, middle school and high school. Each finalist demonstrates a high commitment to education and inspires students to learn.

The finalists, in alphabetical order by school level, are: Emily Brnger, Betsy Gordon and Carole Storro from the elementary schools; Joan Bando, Nicole Pease and Kimberly Wall from the middle schools; and Eric Bowman, Angela Hartmann and Ian West from the high school.

“While our community is fortunate to have many good teachers in the ConVal School District,” said Pamela Brenner, Peterborough Rotary president, “we are, indeed, privileged to have these finalists who energetically push open the door of learning for our young people.”

The finalists were selected from nominations sent in by the community at large, which included peers, administrators, parents and students. All nine finalists will be recognized at a special presentation and gala dinner on May 15, at 6 p.m., at the Monadnock Country Club. At that time, an “Outstanding Teacher” from each school level will be announced, culminating in Peterborough Rotary’s highest honor — the “Teacher of the Year” presentation and $1,000 classroom award to one exceptional teacher.

The gala dinner will be 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.

Tickets for the May 15, 6 p.m., event are $35 per person, $65 per couple and $240 for a table of eight, and may be purchased online at:

The Rotary Club is a group of service-minded business and professional leaders in the greater Peterborough area. It was founded in 1925 as the third Rotary club in New Hampshire. The many programs supported by Peterborough Rotary for area youth include Operation Santa, Rotary Youth Exchange, ConVal Interact Club, the Four-Way Speech contest, Camp Quest, and more. Peterborough Rotary also developed the new Rotary Wilder Park on the Contoocook River off of 202 north.

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