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Hillsboro-Deering teacher honored at D.C. ceremony

Hillsboro-Deering High School music teacher Heidi Welch did not receive the national Teacher of the Year title at a ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C.

The honor went to Jeff Charbonneau, who teaches chemistry, physics, engineering and architecture in Zillah, Wash.

Welch, the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, was one of four finalists for the national title. Though honored, she said last month that the yearlong sabbatical and heavy travel schedule imposed on the national Teacher of the Year were intimidating, and that she would miss her classroom and family.

Welch has taught at
Hillsboro-Deering for 14 years, and before going to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, directed the band and chorus in a
performance at Disney World for the third time in her career.

SARAH PALERMO

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