Pembroke Hill teacher Elizabeth Duclos is Granite State’s best

By RAY DUCKLER

Monitor staff

Published: 10-05-2023 3:18 PM

Elizabeth Duclos, a third-grade teacher at Pembroke Hill School, was named the state’s Teacher of the Year Thursday.

Duclos was nominated for the award by superintendents, principals, past and present colleagues, parents of students and other community members who have direct contact with a teacher.

“Elizabeth Duclos will serve as an ambassador for all of the excellent teachers throughout the state,” Frank Edelblut, education commissioner, said in a press release. “She is committed to creating and delivering instruction that meets students where they are, challenges them to try their best and empowers them to grow as learners and individuals.”

Duclos is now in the running for the National Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced in late November. She will attend a Leadership in Education Banquet with semifinalists and finalists from across the country.

“Elizabeth Duclos will serve as an ambassador for all of the excellent teachers throughout the state, as she is committed to creating and delivering instruction that meets students where they are, challenges them to try their best and empowers them to grow as learners and individuals,” Frank Edelblut, the state’s education commissioner, said in a statement. “New Hampshire is lucky to have an engaging educator who is devoted to creating young learners who feel their work has both meaning and importance. Today, we celebrate Duclos and her efforts to foster resilient students who are motivated to succeed and thrive.”

Principal Wendy Gerry of Pembroke Hill School is known for her insightful thinking and willingness to participate.

“When you walk into her learning environment, it is evident that the students feel valued and safe to take risks in their learning,” said Gerry.

Duclos previously worked as first-grade teacher at Pembroke Village School and Pembroke Hill School. Earlier in her career, she worked at Shaker Road School in Concord where she was a second and fourth-grade teacher.

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“Each year we are amazed by the top talent and high-quality applicants considered throughout the rigorous Teacher of the Year selection process. With an unprecedented number of nominations and applications this year, New Hampshire is proud  to have such an impressive field of educators,” said Christine Brennan, deputy commissioner of education.

 

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