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CHS English teacher is 2018 N.H. Teacher of the Year

  • Concord High School English teacher Heidi Crumrine was named the 2018 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year during an assembly in the school auditorium in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Crumrine works with ninth graders in her English class at Concord High School in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord High School English teacher Heidi Crumrine reacts as it becomes clear she is about to be named the 2018 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year during an assembly in the school auditorium in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord High School English teacher Heidi Crumrine walks to the stage after being named the 2018 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year during an assembly in the school auditorium in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Nine-year-old Amelia (left) and 4-year-old Violet join their mother, Concord High School English teacher Heidi Crumrine, on stage after Crumrine was named the 2018 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year during an assembly in the school auditorium in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Crumrine works with ninth graders in her English class at Concord High School in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Crumrine works with ninth graders in her English class at Concord High School in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Crumrine works with ninth graders in her English class at Concord High School in Concord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Like most assembled in Concord High School auditorium on Tuesday morning, English teacher Heidi Crumrine thought she was there to watch CHS senior Laila Ruffin, the state’s youth poet laureate, be honored.

But after Ruffin read her poem about motherhood, “She is the Cosmos,” education commissioner Frank Edelblut stepped onto the stage and started peppering the audience with hints about a surprise bit of news.

As students started to guess whom the announcement was about, they turned around in their seats to look at Crumrine, who was standing in the back of the auditorium.

Giggling, English teacher Meredith Vickery pulled out her phone and started filming her colleague.

“New Hampshire teacher of the year,” she mouthed to Crumrine, who had buried her face in her hands.

A Bow native who graduated from CHS in 1997, Crumrine has been teaching for 16 years, 13 in Concord. She went to the University of New Hampshire for her bachelor’s degree and then on to Teachers College at Columbia University.

She said she wanted to “shine a positive light” on what public schools in the state, including Concord High, were doing for kids.

“Concord I’ve always described as a big district but also with a big heart. And we’re a very close-knit community. And it just seems that we’re always willing to do what’s best for students, and sometimes that means trying new things that might feel uncomfortable or different,” she said.

Crumrine was chosen for her dedication to teaching every type of learner, the Department of Education said in a statement.

“Heidi has invested herself in creating an environment in which students are known and valued,” Concord High principal Tom Sica wrote in his recommendation. “Consistently, she works to develop and implement lessons that engage students and challenge them to think critically.”

Many of her ninth-grade students on Tuesday echoed these themes, praising their teacher for being demanding – but also accommodating.

Teylor Greene said her teacher was fun and helped individual students when they struggled. Greene’s friend, Aakriti Bhattarai, said Crumrine “pushes us to do our best.”

Greene and Bhattarai’s classmate Alice Richards added: “She’s really good at explaining topics, and if you’re confused or you want to do something in a different way – and it’s not changing from the curriculum – she can explain and help you decide what to do.”

Crumrine will be the state’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)