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.

Pinkerton teacher Eric Dugas was selected for the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Education Award.

This is the fifth year of presenting this award in the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) Teacher Education Conversion Programs. Named in honor of Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986), the New Hampshire educator who was scheduled to be the first teacher in space, the award recognizes and honors a candidate in the Teacher Education Conversion Program who embodies the type of excellence exemplified by the late educator. The nominee is someone who has drive, ambition, and who encompasses the passion required to be an outstanding educator while also possessing a high GPA, a strong commitment to the education profession, and a demonstrated potential for teaching.  
Dugas was described by his student teaching supervisor as someone who is serious about becoming the best educator he can be and is always seeking feedback to grow professionally. He immediately applies what he learns in his NHTI studies to his teaching in the high school classroom, demonstrating that he understands the benefit of research-based practices. An extreme optimist, Dugas always finds a way to help students see their potential. He is excellent at combining humor, kindness, and firmness to create a task-oriented and positive learning environment. 

Dugas awardFrom L to R: Dr. Heather Wood, Cynthia Lucero, Eric Dugas, Emily Reed, Dr. Kelly Moore-Dunn