South Hampton teacher Sara Casassa was named the state Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education.

Cassassa was showered with praise as she was presented with her honor at the Barnard School in South Hampton where she has been a language arts teacher since 2009. She has also served as a language arts teacher, technology integrator and webmaster.

“There is no teacher who is more deserving than you,” SAU 21 Assistant Superintendent David Hobbs said during the presentation.

Sara Casassa
Sara Casassa (Barnard School)

"Sara loves her students. This is evident in the relationships that she builds with all students and their families,” school principal Michelle Witt wrote in Casassa’s application letter. “Her sense of humor and easy-going personality make her a beloved teacher at Barnard School. She is fair, understanding and treats everyone with respect.”

Rep. Chris Pappas sent congratulations on his Twitter account.

"Congratulations to Sara Casassa, New Hampshire’s 2022 Teacher of the Year," he tweeted.

Cassassa was selected from more than 70 applicants, 28 nominees and two other finalists: Carly Cohen, a 5th grade at the Auburn Village School in Auburn and Andrew Tyler who teaches 6th through 12th grades at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative in Wilton.

Cassassa will now be in the running for the National Teacher of the Year.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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