EXETER - Two elementary teachers in SAU 16 were nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year for 2014. Ms. Katie-Jean Blair, a second grade teacher at East Kingston Elementary School, and Ms. Casey Hamilton, a kindergarten teacher at Newfields Elementary School were each nominated by a parent from their respective schools. This lengthy and detailed process continues for several months with the final announcement of the winner being made in early October 2013.
Champions for Children - Community members and school staff continue to recognize and celebrate the dedication of local individuals by nominating them for a local Champion for Children award. The Exeter School Board recently honored Martha LaPerle and Linda Raye for their exemplary leadership with the Cooperative Middle School Outreach Program. This outstanding initiative has provided financial assistance to students and families throughout the year with special emphasis during Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods. Under their direction, Martha and Linda provided scores of food baskets and arranged for holiday kindnesses to those less fortunate in the wider Exeter area. Gift certificates were also provided for food, clothing, and other student holiday gifts.
The Kensington School Board recently honored recent Board Member, Alice Mower, for both her service to the Board and for direct service to children as a parent volunteer. Mrs. Mower facilitated the Kensington Elementary School Building Addition Committee and successfully led this project for two years, culminating in 2003 with the new addition to the school.
The Kensington School Board also recently honored teacher Nancy Roffman who has served numerous roles in the community. She was actively involved in the school as a parent volunteer before joining the staff as a teacher in 1989. Besides being a Lead Teacher, she has also been the facilitator of the KES Gardening Club, organizer of Earth Day, and a member of various SAU 16 curriculum committees.