PLYMOUTH, N.H.–Plymouth State alumnus Joseph “Joey” Lee, ’06, has been chosen the 2014 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Lee is a Social Studies teacher at Pinkerton Academy, currently teaching Cultural Geography. He coaches golf and boy’s hockey and is co-adviser for the China Exchange Program.
“In order to help our students develop the skills and innovative thinking necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy, New Hampshire needs engaging, high-quality teachers like Joseph Lee,” Governor Maggie Hassan said. “Joseph’s dedication to his students at Pinkerton Academy and his work to help them achieve an even brighter future epitomizes the very best of our hard-working educators across the Granite State. I want to commend Joseph Lee for this well-deserved recognition and to thank all of New Hampshire’s educators for preparing our students to succeed and thrive.”
Lee, who has been teaching at Pinkerton Academy for six years, said the education he received at Plymouth State from excellent faculty members prepared him to be an effective professional in the classroom.
“They cared for my education, which inspired me to reach a little bit farther, try a little bit harder, explore slightly out of my comfort zone, and for that I am very thankful,” said Lee. “Each of my professors provided me with knowledge, motivation, and academic satisfaction. The strong, authentic, and sincere relationship between teacher and learner that goes beyond the classroom walls is what I believe makes Plymouth unique.”
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said the University is very proud of Lee.
“Joey is a role model in his commitment to students and his field,” Steen said. “And he carries his values as an educator into his classrooms, onto the ice, and across the globe. He represents the best of New Hampshire educators in commitment, energy, and joy in his work. We are proud of him and his well-earned honor.”
Each year, New Hampshire schools take part in the State and National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.
With the state award, Lee will be New Hampshire’s candidate for the national Teacher of the Year award, the oldest and most prestigious program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. Lee is the second PSU-educated teacher to be selected as New Hampshire’s Teacher of the Year in the past four years; Angie Miller of Holderness Central School, a 2002 Plymouth State graduate, was selected in 2011.
For more information about this and other award/recognition programs coordinated through the Department of Education log on to www.education.nh.gov/recognition/index.htm or contact Lori Temple, Public Information Officer at (603) 271-6646 or e-mail Lori.Temple@doe.nh.gov.
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