EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 10, 2012

Pelham teacher earns national award

By John Toole

---- — PELHAM — A Pelham teacher has received a Presidential Award for excellence.

Holly Doe, 40, a member of the Pelham Elementary faculty, will be recognized tonight at a state Department of Education banquet in Plymouth that honors leaders in education.

Doe has taught enrichment classes to students in grades one through five and is the school’s technology integration specialist.

“I’m teaching engineering to kids as young as first grade,” Doe said. “This award shows that, as a teacher, you can do that in a classroom.”

Doe has coached in the LEGO robotics program and said she has brought robotics into the classroom at Pelham Elementary.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and a master’s degree in technology in education from Lesley University.

Doe said colleagues on a national LEGO education advisory board encouraged her to pursue the Presidential Award.

About 900 students attend Pelham Elementary.

“She is very deserving of this recognition,” principal Thomas Adamakos said. “As our enrichment teacher, she helped incorporate math and science into her curriculum by differentiating to meet the needs of all learners in a fun, challenging way.”

The state Department of Education announced the award to Doe last week.

Also being honored tonight will be Windham Middle School teacher of the year semi-finalist Donald Shirley and Ryan O’Connor, Windham High teacher of the year finalist. Those honors were announced earlier this year.

Keynote speaker is Bethany Bernasconi of Windham High, the 2012 teacher of the year for New Hampshire.

This is the last time Pelham and Windham teachers will be honored by the state as faculty members serving SAU 28.

Windham is breaking away from Pelham to become SAU 95 next summer.