Nashua elementary teacher honored for real-world lessonsBy BENJAMIN C. KLEIN
Union Leader Correspondent
May 21. 2013 9:03PM
NASHUA — The Nashua Lions Club honored Dr. Crisp Elementary fourth-grade teacher Lisa Anderson as the organization’s Teacher of the Year during an event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Monday night.
Anderson, who is in only her second year as a teacher after leaving her original career in the private sector, was named Teacher of the Year for her hands-on approach and dedication to technology, said Ed Lecius of the Lions Club.
“We received a total of eight nominations for the award, and we sent them out to an independent review committee with the names blacked out. Lisa was selected for her thinking out of the box and for integrating the use of technology and hands-on life learning experiences into the classroom,” Lecius said.
Anderson said she was honored to be chosen and specifically thanked Dr. Crisp Principal Jane Quigley for pushing her to become a teacher in the first place.
“I love being a teacher. Jane pushed me along, and now in regular classrooms I just haven’t looked back,” Anderson said. “I love having my classroom. This school is a fantastic school; the staff is just incredible. It is a wonderful place to learn from and to grow with.”
Quigley said Anderson began as a paraprofessional and that after noticing her potential she encouraged her to go back to school to become a teacher.
“She is very dynamic. She is a model for someone that is always learning, and that has to be one of the strongest attributes of a successful educator. As a teacher, you are always supposed to be thinking and learning and adjusting. She is a great example of that,” Quigley said.
Despite teaching for only two years, Lecius said it was apparent that Anderson was worthy of the honor.
“She has already made a great impact on the lives of the students,” Lecius said.
Lecius said Anderson’s class has been monitoring and handling the incubation and care of baby ducks.
“She uses technology so that the kids can remotely monitor the ducklings instead of just having them all cram around them,” Quigley said.
Anderson said the integration of technology into the classrooms is tantamount to preparing students for the real world.
“Where students are going in life, technology will be all around them. Teaching them to use it effectively is the best thing you can do for them, and they are excited about it. Teaching them without technology in my mind is holding them back. Let them learn how to use technology appropriately and effectively,” Anderson said.