PSU Trained Teachers Helping North Country Schools

June 20th, 2007 by Adam

A unique teacher training program for New Hampshire’s North Country is off to a notable start, providing skilled educators for the region.

The North Country Teachers Certification Program (NHTCP) started two years ago as a pilot program between the New Hampshire Community Technical College- Berlin (NHCTC-Berlin), Granite State College and Plymouth State University, offering a Childhood Studies bachelor’s degree. Fifteen people enrolled, with class members ranging from traditional college-age students to adult learners, with a wide variety of life and educational experience. Many were the first-ever college students in their families. All shared a dream of becoming teachers, though their geographical location made it impossible to gain a four-year degree from PSU. The NHTCP starts with a two-year teacher preparation program at NHCTC-Berlin, with the final two-years taking PSU courses while remaining on the campus of NHCTC-Berlin. NCTCP Director Irene Mosedale believes the cooperative model worked well.

“The program has made a significant difference in the lives of the participants by allowing them to complete their bachelor’s degree and teaching certification in the North Country; they can continue to care for their families, hold down a job and maintain their other responsibilities,” said Mosedale.

The group excelled, with all 15 members graduating from PSU in May, with each maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5.
The first-ever NCTCP class includes Jennifer Rideout, Samantha Robinson, Robert Scott, Rebecca McEntire, Alaina Setz, Jennifer Downs, Cassie Prouty, Krystal Gilmore, Chasity Labonville, Lisa King, Joli Smith, Tina Mooney, Sandy Alonzo, Brenda Lambert and Jennifer Downs. Student Donald Weeks, Jr., was called to active duty in the military and hopes to continue the program at a later date.

The majority of the class is now student teaching in North Country schools with nine teaching in K-4 classes, five are in grades 5-8. Where are they? Currently, four live in Lancaster, three in Gorham, five in Berlin and one each in Bartlett, Jefferson and N. Conway.

Mosedale points out that the ‘baby-boomer’ generation of teachers is close to retirement age, so the teacher certification program will be critical in replacing those retiring educators.

“I see passionate, highly-qualified teachers who are intricately connected to the North Country,” said Mosedale.

Mosedale adds that the next NCTCP class is slated to begin in the fall of 2008.

“In order to be eligible, students needed to complete the NHTC-Berlin teachers’ preparation program by next Fall, as well as pass the PRAXIS I test and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5,” Mosedale said.

For more information about the North Country Teachers Certification Program, contact Irene Mosedale at (603) 823-8115 or email her at

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or