English teacher in NH Corrections Department gets annual honor

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Award has gone to an English teacher who instructs inmates in the state prison system.

Kimberly Piper-Stoddard was honored Wednesday at a ceremony at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord. She's a teacher at Granite State High School, which is located within the walls of the men and women's prisons.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said Piper-Stoddard teaches students who have gone down the wrong path but are working to turn their lives around. One student said Piper-Stoddard is excited and enthusiastic about what she teaches, and that's created "an overwhelming positive change in me."

Finalists are Jeremy Brown, Littleton High School; Sarah Grossi, Con-Val Regional High School; John "Drew" Groves, Bow High School; Barbara Milliken, Oyster River High School; and Christine Stilwell, Robert J. Lister Academy.

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