LITTLETON, NH -- One of Littleton's own was honored as the Reading Teacher of the Year at the 2015 New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards ("ED"ies) ceremony on June 6. Jennifer Wells Carbonneau, a life-long resident of Littleton, was nominated by the president of the Granite State Reading Council of the International Reading Association, Donna Ciocca.
The criteria for this award are being an "innovative and positive teacher who encourages reading in a variety of ways," using "current research to drive instruction in a creative and effective manner," integrating "reading instruction throughout the curriculum," differentiating "instruction to meet the needs of all learners, loving "to teach reading," and loving to read. Ciocca recognized these qualities in Carbonneau as they teamed up to extend the Granite State Reading Council's Literacy Day to the North Country.
Over the past four years, Carbonneau has coordinated Literacy Day, a free event, for the North Country community. Thousands of books have been placed in the homes of children across the area through the generous support of organizations, businesses and individuals who have donated funds for the purchase of books and workshops, refreshments for participants, workshops and activities for the children and families, and time as volunteers to support the event.
After receiving her bachelor's degree from Lyndon State College, Carbonneau began teaching seventh grade in Concord, Vt., and then high school English at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, N.H., before returning to her hometown middle and high school where she has taught since 2000. She earned her Masters degree in Education with a focus on teaching writing from Plymouth State University. With a strong interest in educational leadership she plans to continue to grow as a teacher and school leader. Carbonneau will continue to impact the success of the community's youth as an instructional coach by supporting teachers in reaching their fullest potential in the classroom.