Former ConVal teacher honored as top career technical education leader in the state

  • Amanda Bastoni, Director of the Nashua Technology Center for Nashua High School North, has been named the first New Hampshire Career Technical Education Leader of the Year Award. Bastoni, a Peterborough resident, is a former ConVal teacher and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript reporter. Courtesy photo

  • Amanda Bastoni, center, Director of the Nashua Technology Center for Nashua High School North, has been named the first New Hampshire Career Technical Education Leader of the Year Award. Bastoni, a Peterborough resident, is a former ConVal teacher and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript reporter. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/13/2019 12:53:42 PM

A Peterborough resident and former ConVal teacher has been named the top career technical education leader in the state.

Amanda Bastoni, director of the Nashua Technology Center for Nashua High School North, was honored on Wednesday as with first ever New Hampshire Career Technical Education (CTE) Leader of the Year Award.

“I’m not a crier, so I was surprised that was my reaction,” Bastoni said. “I felt like I worked really hard to unify the schools, to support the teachers, and to elevate career education in the community. It’s a nice feeling to work hard and know people noticed.”

Bastoni was hired by the Nashua School District in November 2017 after spending four years as a photo and video teacher at ConVal High School.

Bastoni said Nashua has the largest CTE center in the Granite State with 19 programs and over 1,000 students participating. 

“I love working with the students, but I also had this desire… I felt I could impact more students with an administrative role,” Bastoni said. “I’m excited about supporting teachers; they are on the front lines and my job is to remove the barriers.”

Bastoni has helped bring a number of different programs to Nashua, including an algebra I course taught through robotics, an intro to CTE program for English Language Learners (ELL), and feeder courses to get students involved in career technology education sooner. 

“I have been focusing on areas that have not been focuses on in CTE,” Bastoni said. “… I want to make sure every student has access.”

Bastoni has also worked for The Well School, Franklin Pierce University, and Keene State College as a professor/teacher, and at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Keene Sentinel, and Nashua Telegraph as a reporter. 

“My passion has always been to see other people be successful,” Bastoni said. “With students, I love the idea of helping them become who they are. In reporting, I liked sharing people’s stories. I’ve always been focused on this idea of helping people figure out who they are.”

Lisa Yates, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Nashua High School South, nominated Bastoni for the award.

In her nomination letter, Yates said Bastoni has done much work to involve teachers in “innovative program designs and revisions,” has been a “fierce advocate” students and programming, makes herself available for staff needs, has worked to align the middle and high schools in regards to career technology education, and has worked to bring new programs to the district.

“Amanda Bastoni has been a powerhouse of positive change for the department as well as the district,” Yates wrote. “… [she] embodies all the the best qualities of a superior administrator and I am honored to work for her.”

Bastoni said she didn’t know she was receiving the award until it was actually given to her, though she knew something was suspicious after attending a meeting at the school district on Wednesday.

“We were supposed to be having a scheduling meeting, so I kept wondering why why we weren’t talking about it,” Bastoni said. “I wasn’t really expecting to win, it was an honor just to be nominated.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. 




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