By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY —Top educators were honored by their district last week.
Two teachers from Derry Village Elementary School took high honors during the Derry Education Association’s annual spring meeting and awards event at West Running Brook Middle School.
East Derry Memorial Elementary School third-grade teacher Marty Sheil took top honors as Teacher of the Year.
Sheil said he was shocked to receive the award.
“But it is an honor,” he said.
Sheil was selected for his strong connections not only to students, but also to parents and the entire school community.
As a veteran, Sheil also is very involved in making sure the school continues its support of military causes.
“He deserves to be recognized as one of the most innovative, dedicated teachers in the district,” DEA president Meg Morse-Barry said. “He is always at the forefront of any activity that supports the military.”
Also honored by the DEA was Derry Village Elementary School librarian Dorothy Butler, who received the DEA’s Friend of Education award.
Butler will be retiring from her job this year after many years of service. Her peers said she is a joy to have in the school and spends countless hours spreading her love of reading to the children.
In addition, DEA officials honored staff for various numbers of years of service. Two scholarships were presented to graduating high school seniors from Derry. Scholarship recipients Tyler McFadden and Sam Waterhouse both will attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall.