NAfME President Nancy E. Ditmer Attends White House Ceremony Honoring New Hampshire Music Educator Heidi Welch

Nancy E. Ditmer, Heidi Welch and Michael A. Butera in the White House Rose Garden


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) selected Jeff Charbonneau, a 9–12th grade chemistry, physics and engineering teacher in Washington state as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) on Monday, April 22.

Music educator Heidi Welch, New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year,  a 9–12 grade music teacher at Hillsboro-Deering High School in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, was one of four finalists  for that honor. A member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and of the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, she  is participating in a  series of events in Washington, DC this week.

On April 23 Welch and the other state teachers teachers attended a ceremony at the White House where they met President Barack Obama who spoke about dedication of teachers.

President Barack Obama praises teachers visiting the White House.

NAfME President Nancy E. Ditmer and NAfME Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Butera attended the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

Welch has served as the director of music at Hillsboro-Deering High School for 16 years. She teaches chorus, a cappella choir, concert band, musical theater, music theory, American history through music, film music, and guitar classes.

Read about Welch’s selction as New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

NAfME President Nancy Ditmer Discusses Rose Garden Event Honoring the National Teacher of the Year

Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, April 23, 2013. © National Association for Music Education (