New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year, 2012
Bethany Bernasconi is the 2012 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, a 2013 ASCD Emerging Leader, and a 2014 Milken Fellow. After earning a BA in Biology and a MAT in Secondary Science Education, both from Boston University, she began teaching high school in 2004. In August 2017 she was awarded a Doctorate of Education from Walden University. Her work focused on closing the gender gap in STEM.
She is currently the Dean of Instruction at the Amherst Middle School in New Hampshire and serves on the NH ASCD Board of Directors. Bethany describes herself as a perpetual student. She realizes that students come in all sorts of guises and 18 years of age isn’t some magic line of demarcation where student ends, nor is 30 or 40 or 50. She recognizes that in each student is a person who is diverse and who can explain their knowledge in ways that capture their strengths, creativity, and passions while acknowledging that no one way fits them all and no one way is more valuable than another. Her philosophy on education is rooted in her belief that students of all ages, should have the opportunity to explore the world around them and that learning is not passive, rather it truly requires a student to dive into the experience. By knowing her students’ unique challenges and triumphs she seeks to create a personalized classroom, a community of learners. She is an advocate for student voice in the classroom and champions the uniqueness and value of students and educators alike. As a trail guide, cheerleader, student, mentor, and coach she never loses sight that she teaches students, not subjects.
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We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.
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with Rebecca Mieliwocki
Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 California and National Teacher of the Year, shares how Genius Hour makes school relevant, meaningful, and challenging for her students.
Videos of Practice
with Bethany Bernasconi
Engaging learners across all content areas with STEM-related instructional practices.
Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12