Amanda Bridges Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

Amanda Bridges Teacher of the Year Semifinalist
Posted on 07/03/2022
photo Amanda Bridges

The New Hampshire Department of Education announced on June 1 that Amanda Bridges is among the ten semifinalists for the 2023 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Award. 

The teachers were selected from 44 nominees and included educators from Atkinson, Dover, Durham, Goffstown, Hampton, Hollis, Hudson, Merrimack, Nashua, and Stoddard.

Amanda Bridges has been teaching at James Faulkner Elementary School for the past seven years. “Amanda understands and models that learning can be messy, but that is what makes learning challenging, rewarding, and fun,” said James Faulkner Principal Allison Peterson.

"Creative, devoted, passionate, innovative, and motivated are all words that describe Amanda Bridges and the traits she brings into the classroom, or very often into her outdoor classroom each day. It's wonderful that the greater New Hampshire education community recognizes the exceptional work of Amanda Bridges, work we are privileged to witness each day at James Faulkner Elementary School, commented SAU 24 Superintendent Jacqueline Coe, Ed.D., about Amanda Bridges.

            This year's Teacher of the Year selection committee included First Lady Valerie Sununu, a former special educator Ryan Terrell from the State Board of Education, Christine Brennan, the Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Education, Sara Casassa, the 2022 NH Teacher of the Year, and Danielle Boutin, the 2021 NH Teacher of the Year. 

            “This group of impeccable educators exemplifies the spirit of New Hampshire’s talented, generous and motivated teachers,” said Frank Edelblut, commissioner of education. “Each one of them deserves to be recognized and praised for their dedication to the teaching profession, as we know they are making positive and deep impacts on the lives of youth.” 

The semifinalists will next present to the selection committee their teaching story and personal thoughts on opportunities for the future of education in the Granite State. The selection committee will select finalists over the summer and visit their schools in September, with a final recipient selected by Oct. 1.

The 2023 Teacher of the Year will be New Hampshire’s entrant in the National Teacher of the Year program. The national program, run by the Council of Chief State School Officers, identifies exceptional teachers in the country, recognizes their effective work in the classroom, amplifies their voices, and empowers them to participate in policy discussions at the state and national levels.

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