On Friday, January 15th Northwest Elementary parents, staff and students celebrated their New Hampshire's Principal of the Year for 2016! Mrs. Shelly Larochelle's family including her husband, children, mother, and siblings came to honor her as well. Also, in attendance was Mayor Gatsas, Dr. Livingston, and representation from the school board.

Mrs. Larochelle arrived at school after her "morning meeting" set up by the assistant superintendent Ms. Martin to remove her from the building while the staff, parents, and over 700 students readied for her arrival. Lined up outside City Year began chanting as parents clapped when Mrs. Larochelle, shocked, began walking into the building. Inside, her family greeted her along with one student from every classroom handing her a sea of flowers. As she was escorted into the gymnasium with her crown, sash and flowers accumulating in her arms, a roar of excitement rang from the staff, parents, and students! 

Once seated center stage, a quick introduction was given by Assistant Principal Mr. MacDonald, followed by 5th-grade students who spoke in high regard of their principal. Next the staff performed their rendition of "We are Family" while serenading her onstage. The students wanted to share in the celebration and wrote an acrostic poem, a letter for each classroom spelling out " Principal of the Year, Mrs. Larochelle". 

Mrs. Larochelle thanked her staff, parents, her mother and most of all her students. She stated, " It is truly an honor to hear good morning from every student and feel so loved". Following her speech, Mrs. Larochelle was honored with her Principal of the Year plaque given by Superintendent Dr. Livingston and Mayor Gatsas. Mr. MacDonald awarded Mrs. Larochelle with a framed picture of the school capturing every student and staff pictures. The celebration ended with the school singing "Celebration"! Words to describe her included; outshining, extraordinary lovely, caring, responsible, and leader. Mr. MacDonald shared an emotional speech about the type of leader Mrs. Larochelle truly is.

Congratulations Mrs. Larochelle, you deserved it!