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The retiring staff members are Marilyn Bartnicki, Paul Bouchard, Sharon Butterfield, Maureen Chamberlain, Charlene Cochrane, Diana Cross, Martha Haag, Anne Lafond, Beverly Marandett, Barbara Nelson, Nancy Paro, John Stanley, Donna Wright and Barbara McKenzie.Chamberlain, a first-grade teacher at East Derry Memorial Elementary School, was chosen to be the district's Teacher of the Year for this school year, as named by the Derry Education Association.
DERRY | East Derry Memorial Elementary School teacher Maureen Chamberlain is the town's Teacher of the Year.Last week, the Derry Education Association surprised Chamberlain, a first-grade teacher, with the announcement at the union's spring meeting."I'm totally shocked," Chamberlain said through tears as she accepted the award and a bouquet of flowers.Chamberlain, a Londonderry resident, realized Streeter was talking about her when she mentioned her work as coordinator of the ski club just before revealing her name.Before that, she thought another East Derry teacher was going to receive the award.Though honored by the award, Chamberlain said there are "so many unsung heroes who deserve this as much as I do."She said teachers work hard and are generally not recognized."It should be all of us," Chamberlain said.One of her children, David, became a teacher and was surprised that the job was "24/7," she recalled."It takes a lot of time, but it's worth every minute of it." Throughout her 33 years in education, Chamberlain has worked with the youngest students, including eight years at Nutfield Cooperative School, a private preschool in Derry.After working there, Chamberlain spent three years as a teacher in Windham and has been with the Derry Cooperative School District for the last 22 years.Chamberlain's husband, Fred, said it was wonderful to see his wife's work recognized and that the award is "very deserved."The couple have four children and four grandchildren.East Derry Principal Tom Poliseno said he's very proud of Chamberlain, calling her an excellent teacher who has earned the respect of fellow teachers, students and parents.In her retirement, Chamberlain said she plans to pursue her passion | writing.She said she writes poetry and is working on a book.Chamberlain also loves photography and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.Maureen Chamberlain was named Derry Teacher of the Year on Thursday.She teaches first grade at East Derry Memorial Elementary School.Allegra Boverman/Staff photo (Click for larger image)
Retired Derry teacher Maureen Chamberlain made an impassioned plea to the Senate committee last week that she needs the increase.In written testimony, she said, "No one should have to make a choice between purchasing medication and purchasing groceries.If our medical subsidy is cut I fear that could become a reality for me."Chamberlain said she is a 60-year-old Parkinson's disease patient who pays $2,000 a month for medications and $17,278 a year for health insurance.She said the subsidy and her overall pension will be reduced when she and her husband go on the Medicare rolls at age 65."It's an inversion," she said.
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