Jennifer Noponen, an English teacher, has been named Employee of the Month for May. Jennifer received two nominations.

Dan Ford wrote: "Each year that goes by, I have noticed Jennifer taking on more and more responsibilities. She has a dual role as a special education and English instructor. She arrives at work early every day and because she coaches multiple sports, her day usually does not end until 5 or 6 p.m., sometimes later. 

"I have had an opportunity this year to witness her teaching and I have been very impressed. The prep work that she does is obvious. Her classes are dynamic and her multisensory approach is constantly on display. I have observed her teaching both English and History to a smaller group of students who require constant encouragement and guidance. 

"One of her impressive characteristics is her positive, friendly attitude and her skill at ensuring that her students feel good about themselves. During these trying times, I believe that helping students deal with everything that has been presented by the pandemic is a vital part of our teaching. 

"For the past several years, Jen has coached multiple sports, including softball. All of the girls feel real comfortable going to Jen seeking advice about the sport because she was a former high school and college player. They also go to her for counsel on their daily life challenges. She excels at this because she is very approachable."

Dave McCloskey wrote: "Jen has worked all year with in-person students and has done a phenomenal job. Her students definitely respond to her style of instruction. On top of her teaching, she has ingrained herself in sports, first as a golf coach, second as a volleyball coach, and now with the softball team. She is a great teacher and mentor to many of our students who may need the extra attention in order to feel they are welcomed here at Nashoba."