DERRY — Mr. Lee has returned from Washington.
Pinkerton Academy social studies teacher Joey Lee, the state’s top teacher, recently returned from a trip to the nation’s capital.
Lee was named the 2014 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, an honor given by the state Department of Education.
He has taught for six years, all of them at Pinkerton. He said coming to the classroom every day and making a difference makes the job extremely satisfying.
Lee found out he was named the state’s top educator in October. He was one of 36 teachers nominated for the award.
He joined with other top teachers from around the nation for the trip to Washington, D.C., attending seminars, meeting the nation’s top education officials, sharing information and hearing about topics like the Common Core standards being implemented
Lee had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.
“It was extremely exciting,” he said of the experience. “I was able to collaborate and brainstorm with each state’s representative, hear their ideas, and share New Hampshire’s perspective.”
Lee said states differ in many ways when it comes to education, but there are also many common threads. He said the trip offered him many professional and personal opportunities to grow as a teacher.
“I enjoy that I am now able to bring back to New Hampshire and Pinkerton, and share what I learned,” he said. “I look at Pinkerton with a new light, a new lens.”
He said meeting teachers from around the country was a great opportunity to share resources and hear what other educators are doing in the classroom.
“You learn from each other,” Lee said.
He said he will continue to work with the state leaders in education and also the future teachers. He recently attended a conference at Plymouth State University that included 100 student teachers. He will also be part of the next Teacher of the Year selection process, now underway.
Lee continues to be humbled by the honor. He also honors those who taught him early on.
“My first teachers were my mom and dad,” he said. “They brought me here.”