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Belmont Middle School’s Keith Noyes named N.H. Teacher of the Year

  • Keith Noyes of Belmont Middle School is the 2018 New Hampshire teacher of the year. Courtesy—



Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Twenty-five years ago, Keith Noyes wondered what he would do for a career. His father suggested teaching, and it proved to be the right choice.

Noyes, a fifth-grade teacher at Belmont Middle School, was named New Hampshire Teacher of the Year for 2019 in a special ceremony at the school on Wednesday.

While the spotlight was focused on Noyes, he turned the attention back to the kids, all of whom gave him a standing – and leaping – ovation when Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education, made the announcement.

“They truly make my job enjoyable,” Noyes said. “Every single day, it’s not always easy, but we have fun and laugh and share stories. I love hearing about their lives and what they’re doing outside of school.”

The process of announcing Noyes’s honor was fun, too. Edelblut opened the ceremony telling the kids that they were all gathered in the gymnasium to hear special news about one of their teachers, and that they would have to guess who based on some clues.

This special teacher doesn’t like to eat mushrooms, Edelblut said. When in high school, this teacher wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic. This teacher’s favorite pastime is sailing.

After the first few clues, half of the young students were jumping up and down, pointing to Noyes at the other end of the gym.

Noyes, who enters his sixth year teaching at Belmont, will be New Hampshire’s candidate for a national teacher of the year award. The National Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 and is the oldest national honors program focused on excellence in teaching.

The process for choosing New Hampshire’s teacher of the year began eight months ago when principals and administrators began recommending teachers.

Belmont Middle School principal Aaron Pope described Noyes as a positive example for students and teachers in the community.

“He leads by setting positive examples and is always willing to help out when needed,” Pope wrote.

Lori Christerson of Bishop Brady High School was a finalist for the award.

Concord High School teacher Heidi Crumrine was New Hampshire’s Teacher of the Year for 2018 and joined the Belmont community in recognizing Noyes. Crumrine spent the year advocating for education at schools across the state and beyond. She also writes a periodic column on education for the Monitor.

“Everything that he does this year, every trip that he goes on, and every speech that he gives, he is going to be carrying you with him,” Crumrine told the students. “I know he is so proud to carry you with him wherever he goes. Thank you for sharing him with us this year.”