Educators Rising NH is thrilled to announce 

2023 NH Teacher of the Year will be our

Teacherfest Keynote Speaker!

From NH DOE Website- Posted: October 24, 2022​

Colonel Cheetham has taught at Alvirne High School and the Wilbur H. Palmer Career and Technical Education Center for about seven years, and currently oversees the Air Force Junior ROTC elective course program for grades 9-12. The former Air Force officer says his classroom culture centers around teamwork, good manners, community service and mutual respect, while also pushing students beyond their comfort zone to instill resiliency and universal skills needed in today’s world. 

“Colonel Cheetham has shown exemplary leadership abilities throughout his time as a teacher, and his commitment to excellence in education is obvious to those students who have had the pleasure of sitting in his classroom,” said Frank Edelblut, education commissioner. “He continues to teach students that today’s world is full of opportunities, and we commend his passion for collaborative teaching, taking on new initiatives and recognizing that all students are worthy.” 

Principal Steve Beals of Alvirne High described Cheetham as a man with integrity, leadership and exceptional communication skills who has been an integral part of the school and community. “Chris is a wonderful leader with an infectious ability to share stories about his distinguished military career, support colleagues in and out of school, and support, through multiple service activities, our local American Legion and VFW organizations,” said Beals.

In his application essay, Cheetham wrote, “I think kids and adults are desperate for real experiences. Technology is robbing us of our humanity and I strive every day to bring the humanity back … In my opinion, our students are desperate for real mentoring relationships.” He went on to state that his true motivation is to teach students how to live their lives in ways that truly make them happy.

TEACHERFEST 2023- November 3rd

at Plymouth State University


We have a variety of presenters lined up to share their knowledge and passion for their professions.


  • In order to attend our fall conference, you need to be a registered member of the NH and National chapters of Educators Rising. Registration can be completed on the National website.
  • There is NO ADDITIONAL COST to attend for NH members who have registered and paid their $40 membership dues.
  • Teacher Leaders must register to let us know how many students and chaperones will be attending by OCTOBER 9th.