New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year 2020, Kim Piper, works within the prison population of the state. She shares what she has learned from her time working with some amazing students in the prison system and compares it to what she learned as a middle school teacher as well. What she’s discovered can help us all become better teachers who give second chances and more to those who struggle and need our love more than they need our condemnation.
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Kim Piper – Bio as Submitted
An educator since 1994, Kim taught middle school ELA for the majority of her career. In 2015, she began teaching ELA to adults in the care of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, and the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women. The program, Granite State High School, provides courses in English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies, as well as career and technical classes. Kim tells her students at the beginning of each term, “In this room, you are a student and I am your teacher. Education is a way to reshape your identity.” Kim is the 2020 NH Teacher of the Year.
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