, Derry, New Hampshire

February 7, 2013

Londonderry High teacher named top citizen

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — Not only is Steve Juster one of the town’s most memorable schoolteachers, he is now the top citizen.

The Londonderry High School English teacher was named Citizen of the Year during the town’s deliberative session Monday evening.

Juster was honored for his many years organizing the school’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign to cut hair to donate to cancer patients among his long list of other achievements.

He has been a teacher for more than 30 years. Juster also is a coach, mentor, emcee at the school’s pep rallies and the behind-the-scenes support system for the annual Pantene event.

He has been organizing the annual event since 2007. Since that first year, which drew national attention on “Good Morning America,” hundreds of students, staff and some family members have had their locks cut during the massive haircutting event. Pantene works with Hair-U-Wear to make wigs for cancer patients of all ages.

This year, some 170 students, teachers and community members cut their hair.

Londonderry High assistant principal Art Psaledas said Juster had school spirit “tenfold.”

“He is the heartbeat of Lancer nation,” Psaledas said. “He’s like what Bob Dylan is to music. He’s the man.”

In addition to Juster’s honor, Bob Sauer received the town’s Volunteer of the Year award during the town meeting.