Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship

The Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship program strives to raise public awareness about the value of excellence in education and to retain good teachers in New Hampshire’s North Country and in Essex County, VT. This award is made to up to three teachers each year.

The fellowship was established in 2006 by Louise Tillotson, a self-made businesswoman, wife of Neil Tillotson (founder of the Tillotson Corporation and former owner of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel), and resident of Dixville Notch.

  • Eligibility

    Any kindergarten through 12 grade public school teacher who works in New Hampshire’s North Country Region (upper Grafton and Carroll Counties and Coos County) and in Essex County, VT is eligible to be nominated. Preference is given to teachers in Coos County public schools.

  • Evaluation criteria

    In general, the selection committee uses the following criteria in evaluating a candidate:

    • Commitment to Public Education – The applicant’s commitment to serve public education in their school and community.
    • Breadth of Experience – The extent and nature of the applicant’s past and present public education service and commitment to continued professional learning.
    • Innovation in Education – The applicant’s ability to implement a creative and imaginative educational atmosphere for North Country students.
    • Creativity in Solving Problems – The applicant’s ability to bring ideas and inspire proactive solutions to resolve educational challenges.
    • Communication Skills – The applicant’s ability to articulate their educational vision, knowledge of content, and teaching methodology with passion.
    • Inspiration – The applicant’s ability to inspire and challenge the current and next generation of educators and students in the North Country.
  • Grant amount

    Each fellow receives a cash award, typically from $10,000 to $15,000, to be used at his or her discretion.

  • Previous recipients

    2017:

    Kari L. Goulet – Milan Village School, sixth-grade teacher

    Matthew Saladino – Gorham Middle High School, School Counselor and teacher

    Susan Griffin – Brown Elementary School in Berlin, second-grade teacher

    2016:

    Sarah W. Clemmitt – Gorham Middle High School, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science teacher

    Patricia Weathers – Edward Fenn Elementary School, fourth-grade teacher

    Ann Elise Record – Grades K-5 Berlin elementary schools, Title 1 Match Coach

    2015:

    Alicia W. Boire – Colebrook Academy, Business Education teacher

    Sandy J. Pouliot – Hillside Elementary School, fifth-grade teacher

    Lorna Holcombe – Groveton Elementary School, Reading and Math K-5 teacher

    2014:

    Cate DiBlasi – The Whitefield School, Special Education teacher

    Michele C. Ladd – Lancaster Elementary School, sixth-grade teacher

    Mary G. Trask – Colebrook Academy, Physical Education/Health teacher

    2013:

    Rob Hamel – Gorham High School, English teacher

    Karen LaRoche – White Mountains Regional High School, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher

    Tricia Walsh – Edward Fenn Elementary School, first-grade teacher

     

  • Nomination deadline

    Friday, April 27, 2018, 5:00 pm Eastern time

Nomination Process

Step 1

Learn more about the program and determine eligibility.

Step 2

Colleagues complete and submit a nomination form with supporting materials by Friday, April 27, 2018, 5:00 pm Eastern time. Complete and submit the nomination form to nominate an individual for the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship.

A complete nomination will include:

  • A completed nomination form
  • Two letters of support, each from a different person, in favor of the candidate
  • A copy of a recent resume, curriculum vitae, or biography of the candidate

Step 3

Advisory committee reviews nominations. 

A volunteer advisory committee and members of the Foundation staff review applications.

Step 4

Invitation for a personal interview.

A number of finalists will be invited to a personal interview with the advisory committee. Interviews are scheduled in May.

Step 5

Receive funding.

Final award recipients will be notified in mid-May.

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Jean Clarke
  • Jean Clarke
  • Senior Tillotson Program Associate