Pinkerton Academy Social Studies Teacher Named N.H.'s Top Educator

Sep 27, 2013

Pinkerton Academy teacher Joe Lee, left, talks with last year's New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch, right.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Pinkerton Academy social studies teacher Joe Lee is the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

The 29-year-old educator now moves on to become a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year Award.

He received the honor during a pep rally at the school in Derry on Friday. 

 “It’s very satisfying and rewarding. I feel honored to be here and be recognized. But a good part of me feels as though I’m going to continue to do my job tomorrow like I did yesterday. And if I can share and collaborate and learn from future educators who probably have a similar mindset, I’m all for it.”

Lee, who lives in Exeter, says he brings a humanitarian approach to the classroom by working to relate to his students and holding them to high standards.

He co-directs the school’s China exchange program, as well as serving as coach for the school’s hockey and golf teams.

Lee is in his seventh year as a teacher and is a graduate of Plymouth State University.