Congratulations to Anita Shaw, NH’s Reading Teacher of the Year!
Mrs. Anita Shaw is no stranger to Bow. She has lived in our town almost her entire life. She attended elementary school at the current Bow town offices building on Grandview Road. When Bow Memorial was built, she moved into our brand new building for grades 7-8, and went on to Rundlett and then Concord High with her Bow peers. Anita has many fond memories of growing up in Bow, back when she’d go sledding down Page Road and White Rock Hill, only needing to be careful to listen for the snowplow!
Mrs. Shaw began her teaching career as a 1st grade teacher in Bow in 1974. During her 3 years in this role, she became fascinated by the work of a colleague--the reading specialist. Anita decided to take a year off and go back to school to earn her master’s degree in reading.
Her subsequent years of teaching included various grade levels and locations. Before coming back to Bow, Mrs. Shaw taught in Salem, Concord, and Merrimack, with the majority of the teaching positions in the area of special education.
Finally, in 1995, Anita returned to Bow as the BMS reading specialist. She served in that capacity for seven years, and then she went on to teach 5th and 6th grades, with specialties in reading, language arts, math, and social studies. Mrs. Shaw’s BMS career has now come full circle--at the beginning of this school year, she returned to Bow Memorial's reading specialist position!
We are all so proud of Anita’s accomplishments. So many students have been touched by her compassion and love of teaching. There is most certainly a teacher out there today who chose his/her profession because of Mrs. Shaw’s passion for learning and her fascination with books.
Congratulations, Mrs. Shaw! We are all so proud of you!