Plymouth State Graduate Named One of N.H.’s Top Teachers

May 23rd, 2007 by Adam

A 1997 Plymouth State graduate who considers teaching “a privilege” has been named one of New Hampshire’s 2007 Wal-Mart Teachers of the Year. Jill Perkins received her master’s degree in Elementary Education and then started teaching fourth-grade at Plymouth Elementary School.

“I was surprised and pleased about the award,” said Perkins. “It’s nice to know Wal-Mart is supportive of education and teachers, I consider it a privilege to teach, I really wasn’t expecting it.”

Nationwide, more than 4,000 teachers are being honored by Wal-Mart’s teacher of the year program. Each store accepts nominations, and the winner is selected by a committee of store associates, which in Perkins’ case was given by Wal-Mart store #2758 in Plymouth.
Perkins was heartened to know her own students advocated for her.

“It was student nominated and I was completely astonished,” added Perkins, who also received a $1,000 check and a plaque as part of the award.

Perkins said her education at Plymouth State prepared for the classroom and she’s enjoying it more every year, especially in finding new ways to engage her students in learning.

“I love being with children in this age group, they can do lot on their own, I like trying to teach individuals, rather a group, making use of students’ unique talents to help out in classroom.”

“I’m always learning from them – they have different ways to approach things.”

All local winning teachers have the opportunity to apply for state teacher of the year honors and receive a $10,000 grant for their schools. Each state winner automatically is entered into the national competition and the chance to win another $25,000 for their schools.

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