Friday, December 9, 2016
My Account  | Login
Nashua-BoireFieldAirport;32.0;http://forecast.weather.gov/images/wtf/small/nskc.png;2016-12-09 00:39:49
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nashua educators lauded at ‘NEFies’ awards

By DEREK EDRY
Staff Writer

Some of the city's finest public educators were honored Thursday evening at the third annual Excellence in Education Awards at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

The "NEFies," presented by the Nashua Education Foundation, recognize teachers who have made a positive impact in the Nashua public school system. ...

Sign up to continue

Print subscriber?    Sign up for Full Access!

Please sign up for as low as 36 cents per day to continue viewing our website.

Digital subscribers receive

  • Unlimited access to all stories from nashuatelegraph.com on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
  • Access nashuatelegraph.com, view our digital edition or use our Full Access apps.
  • Get more information at nashuatelegraph.com/fullaccess
Sign up or Login

Some of the city's finest public educators were honored Thursday evening at the third annual Excellence in Education Awards at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

The "NEFies," presented by the Nashua Education Foundation, recognize teachers who have made a positive impact in the Nashua public school system.

"The event honors the individual accomplishments of our teachers," said Connie Brown, Nashua's interim superintendent of schools. "It's a great opportunity to show our support."

The night's biggest award, the Ron Kraus Outside the Profession award, was given to Robert Sherman, who retired this year after 45 years years in the district and three decades as the Nashua Teachers Union president.

The Ron Kraus award was named for the educa-tion foundation's co-founder and goes to an individual who has made an impact beyond Nashua's education system and on the greater community.

Sherman said his colleagues and the administrators who worked above him during his career are what he will miss most about the Nashua school system.

"That's what all these years has made Nashua so enjoyable," Sherman said. "And it's also a diverse city, and a city that's changed remarkably since I began ... moving on from all that, it's tough."

William Dubois of Fairgrounds Middle School was also recognized.

"It's nice to be honored and appreciated by my peers," Dubois said. "I've been in the district for 40 years, and this is my first time being honored."

NEF board member H. Scott Flegal spoke from the podium Thursday night.

"The people who work hard in our public schools don't get a lot of recognition - but tonight, they do."

Sandra Ziehm, president of the Nashua Board of Education, said the event is also an opportunity for the city's education community to network.

"You need to know who knows how to do what," Ziehm said.

The Nashua Education Foundation's mission is to enhance educational opportunities for Nashua public school students. Since its inception over five years ago, NEF has funded over $70,000 for 45 enrichment projects for students from kindergarten to high school. President Beth Kreick said Thursday's award ceremony raised about $20,000.

This year, the following educators were presented with excellence in education awards: Anne Price (Sunset Heights/Bicentennial Elementary); Chad Zibolis (Elm Street Middle School); Janelle Shields (Fairgrounds Elementary School); Jayne Wing (Nashua High School South); Julia Horaj (Pennichuck Middle School); Kristin Olsen (Nashua High School North); Linda Cardello (Elm Street Middle School); Maureen Patt (Broad Street Elementary School); Patrick Johnson (Nashua High School North); Susan Nichols (Sunset Heights Elementary School) and William Dubois (Fairgrounds Middle School).

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-6589, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek.