(Belmont, NH) - Keith Noyes was honored at the surprise announcement at Belmont Middle School Wednesday .

Courtesy Photo: NH Department of Education

Noyes, entering his 19th year in the profession, is a 5th Grade teacher in his sixth year at BMS.

NH Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said, " This honor recognizes Noyes' exemplary leadership abilities, professional growth and achievement, and total commitment to education."

Noyes is now a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.