The selection process is a rigorous one. Having been nominated in February, Tina was honored in April with 33 other nominees from around the state by the NH Department of Education. She then was selected as one of seven semi-finalists, and representatives from the Teacher of the Year committee visited Tina's classroom last month to observe and interview her, her students and colleagues.
There are several more steps to go before the 2015 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year is named in September. That person is eligible to be named 2015 National Teacher of the Year next spring.
Good luck, Tina!