As a unique, independent academy, Pinkerton Academy's mission is to strive to ensure the growth of all students in a challenging, respectful, and collaborative environment. The Academy fosters a student-centered community with purposefully designed, interactive and relevant learning opportunities.

Ms. Weishaar, who teaches Marketing in Pinkerton's CTE department, has been honored by the VFW Post No. 1617 of Derry as its High School Teacher of the Year. Weishaar was nominated for the award by Pinkerton's Dean of Faculty, Bev Lannan. Below is an excerpt from the nomination which gives an excellent look at why Ms. Weishaar was such a great choice for this honor:

Amanda Weishaar, Marketing program teacher at Pinkerton Academy is being nominated for the VFW High School Teacher of the Year award based on her high standards for her students and for reinvigorating the Marketing program since she took over 3 years ago.  Being challenged by the newer school nutrition standards which limited products the school store “Campus Corner” could offer to students, Amanda has not backed down from that challenge and instead continues to research and find offerings that not only students want to buy but that draw in new business.

Amanda is a Pinkerton Academy graduate and was a proud member of the marketing program and DECA officer in high school.  She continued in college at Southern NH University in the Business and Marketing track and we are so fortunate she has come back to Pinkerton to lead our program.  

She encourages students to expand their horizons and take on projects and assignments that are pushing their comfort zones.  She helped guide a team of students on an anti-drug/opiod campaign in the school and Derry community that earned a proclamation from the town of Derry for their work.  Ms. Weishaar just completed her master’s degree in 2 ½ years while being a brand new teacher so that she will be able to get her program approved for college credit for her students.  As the DECA advisor (DECA is the career and student technical organization for marketing students), Amanda has led Pinkerton to numerous awards in the state for membership, non-profit fundraising and competition winnings. 

Congratulations to Ms. Weishaar on this recognition and thank you for all that you do for Pinkerton students!