Overcome momentarily by the standing ovation, Samantha Leone accepted with grace and gratitude the 2017 No Bell Award.
Principal Marianne Busteed, pictured with Ms. Leone and her family, announced the award with much fanfare during the Class of 2017 graduation rehearsal on June 15 and surprised Ms. Leone with the presentation.
The Class of 2017 members of the Nashua HS North chapter of the National Honor Society voted her as the outstanding teacher this year who among other attributes
- communicates enthusiasm and respect for mathematics
- inspires students to develop a hunger for learning and
- serves as a role model for students
The annual award comes with a $6,000 cash award, made possible each year by an anonymous donor, and a school bell without a clapper to represent the many, unheralded efforts that Ms. Leone, like the previous 21 recipients of the No Bell Award, makes each day with her students.
This semester Ms. Leone teaches probability and statistics, AP calculus, and college-ready mathematics. She serves as the Class of 2017 class co-adviser.
Ms. Leone earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine and a Teacher Certification from Franklin Pierce University, Rindge. Ms. Leone has been teaching mathematics at Nashua HS North since 2008.