Jean Moreau with her flowers in the lobby of the school. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
February 27, 2019A longtime Gilford High School educator received the award for New Hampshire Education Teacher of the Year.
On Friday afternoon, case manager Jean Moreau received the award for New Hampshire Special Education Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made right before the Winter Carnival gym events. A team of administrators, district and school board representatives, and others came together in front of the students and announced Moreau's award.
Moreau received the award after an extensive review and and interview process.
The award is presented by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards (EDies) and the Council for Exceptional Children, an international organization to support special education professionals.
A nominating committee met with Moreau, interviewed her and her colleagues, and came to the school to see her in action. Moreau said the nomination process involved answering a lot of questions.
She said her colleagues really contributed to this process such as administrators, classroom teachers, and case managers.
"My colleagues have been great; the administrators, the teachers supported me through this process," Moreau said.
She said she feels exceedingly grateful to all the people who worked hard to make this award possible.
Moreau has been working as a case manager at GHS since 1999, entering her 20th year at the school.
"It's fun to see the kids growing up and transitioning to what they do post high school," Moreau said.
Principal Anthony Sperazzo said this was a well deserved award.
"It's great recognition for her and all she does to support our learners," Sperazzo said.
Sperazzo said in her 20 years here she has put in a lot of work for the district.
He said the committee had the chance to see what she does throughout the day.
Moreau will be honored with other EDies winners during an awards banquet in August in Manchester.