Who is Mrs. Juster?

Who am I? Well, I began my teaching career at Londonderry High School in 1986 - a world of typewriters and chalkboards. Although the tools have changed, the best part of teaching and learning has remained the same for me. It is still a uniquely human and shared experience of reading, discussing, writing, revising, exploring, questioning and creating.

My students, past and present, continue to be a great source of inspiration. They are the reason why I will always be a learner and they are the primary reason why I created Mrs. Juster's Virtual Classroom.

Another source of inspiration springs from my amazing colleagues within the Londonderry School District in Londonderry, New Hampshire and across the state of New Hampshire as fellow members of the New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English. Along with the learning communities of the University of Massachusetts/Boston and the the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, every learning community I have belonged to has challenged me to grow, explore, create, experiment, write and remain a life-long learner. Thanks to them, I have been able to accomplish the following:

      • B.A. English, University of Massachusetts/Boston, 1986

      • Intel- Teach to the Future, Master Teacher and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Technology in the Classroom Grant Recipient, 2001

      • Best Buy Te@ch Award Recipient, 2004

      • M.S.T. English, University of New Hampshire/Durham, 2004

      • New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English, Teacher of the Year, 2004

      • New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award, English Teacher of the Year, 2004

      • National Council of Teachers of English, High School Teacher of Excellence, 2004

      • LEO- Londonderry Educational Outreach, Pathfinder Award, 2007

      • Next Generation Tech-Rich Classroom (1:1 Computing) Grant Recipient, 2009

      • President, New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English, 2009 - 2011

      • Londonderry High School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization Technology Grant Recipient, 2013

      • Londonderry High School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization Grant Recipient, 2018