Merrimack teacher closer to top honors

Educator advances in running for ‘Teacher of the Year’

Courtesy photo Alice Donahoe, a fourth grade teacher at James Mastricola Elementary School is in the running for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

MERRIMACK- Alice Donahoe, a fourth grade teacher at James Mastricola Elementary School is in the running for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

Donahoe was first selected as one of 23 candidates and was chosen as one of eight semi-finalists last week, the Department of Education announced.

Officials from the DOE will visit her school and classroom at the end of the month and conduct interviews with teachers, students and parents.

“I’m excited and nervous,” Donahoe said, “what a great compliment.”

During the visit, she said she hopes to convey her love of teaching through her interactions with students in the classroom.

“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher … there was never a doubt in my mind,” she said.

Her movie themed classroom (complete with a marquee and red carpet) is just one of the many ways Donahoe treats her 26 students like movie stars.

“I always try to make a point to show them that they are important to me,” she said, whether by going to a band concert after dinner or a figure skating competition on the weekends.

“I’m just doing what I love,” she said, adding that her students were very excited to hear about her nomination and then advancement.

Michelle Romein, principal said in an earlier interview she was thrilled and excited for

Donahoe.

“You hope as a principal that the teachers will find what works and be the best they can be.”

The finalists will be selected in June.