CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announced its seventh year of recipients for the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship.

Louise Tillotson, of Dixville Notch, established the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship in 2006 to recognize excellence in teaching in public schools.

Recipients of the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship are: Mary Trask, physical education and health teacher at Colebrook Academy; Michele Ladd, sixth-grade teacher at the Lancaster School; and Catherine DiBlasi, special educator at the Whitefield School. Each recipient will receive $10,000 for their extraordinary teaching abilities and commitment to education.

"We are pleased to offer this fellowship program generously made possible by Louise Tillotson," said Peter Benson, senior program officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. "The fellowship allows us to recognize the amazing teachers we have in the North Country and helps raise public awareness about the value of excellence in education."

In addition to the Fellowship Awards, Professional development scholarships were offered to five North Country educators. Applicants could apply for up to $1,000 to assist in their continuing education. Scholarship funds can be used for continuing education and professional development expenses, as well as workshops, tuition, and conferences in support of professional development for North Country educators.

Recipients of this year's Louise Tillotson Professional Development Scholarships are: Carissa Caron, Title One teacher at Edward Fenn Elementary School in Gorham; Lynda True-Carter, guidance counselor at Edward Fenn Elementary School in Gorham; Jennifer Corrigan, Math and business teacher at Gorham Middle/High School; Jessica Haynes, preschool and kindergarten teacher at the Pittsburg School; and Joy Steward, Grade 5-8 Science and Math teacher at the Stewartstown Community School.

The Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship and Professional Development Scholarships are awarded annually. Application materials are available on the Foundation's website at


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