Doris Barnes

The “Doris Barnes Retired Educator Lifetime Achievement Award” was created to honor a retired teacher or teachers who have continued to work with youth and the betterment of public education after their retirement as had the person for whom it is named. Doris was a founding member of the EDies board.

Sadly, Doris passed away on April 13, 2013. Born on a farm in Houlton, Maine, Barnes came to New Hampshire at the age of 18 as a teacher in Barnstead. Seven years later she was a teaching principal at Alton Elementary and then moved to other opportunities in Portland, Maine, and Rochester, before becoming a guidance counselor first at Spaulding High School and then at Laconia Middle School, from which she retired at age 80.  A resident of Laconia, Barnes tutored students for 18 more years after retiring.

A nominee must be retired after spending a minimum of 20 years as a full time educator. It is also expected that the nominee can describe how they have stayed involved working with youth or on other vital issues related to education since retirement.

Previous Years’ Winners

Jo Sanborn, 2024

Claudia Sysyn, 2023

Pam Lenzi, 2022

Ann Garland West, 2021

Norma Wyman, 2020

Margaret Parent, 2019

Richard Bond, 2018

Jeanne Schutte, 2017

Helen Steele, 2016

Margaret Pyszka, 2015

William Marston, 2014

Rosemonde L. Roy, 2013

Cindy Chagnon, 2012

Richard H. Goodman, 2011

Jane Lacasse, 2011

Mary Morse, Ph.D, 2010

Doris Grady, 2009

Ruth Tuttle, 2008

Lois Plimpton, 2007