Eustis Award

In recognition of the 53 years of combined service that Joan and Dick Eustis dedicated to teaching, coaching, and administrative capacities, SAU 16 annually recognizes a district employee who has served students with the distinction that exemplifies an SAU 16 education.  Their notable and outstanding careers set a positive tone throughout the Exeter area.  Together they serve as role models for educators today.


For 2014, Mr. Bill Perkins was selected to receive this prestigious award.  His name will be added to the plaque that is located in the SAU 16 Conference Room.  He currently serves as one of the Assistant Principals of the Cooperative Middle School (CMS).

Mr. Perkins was chosen because of his life-long commitment to students and families in Exeter and throughout the SAU.  He was jointly nominated by CMS Principal Bill Furbush; CMS Assistant Principal Melanie Faulkner; CMS math teacher Deb Merrill; CMS Technology Administrator Andy Littlefield; Adult Education Director Leslie Haslam; and Co-Principal Peter Stackhouse from the Great Bay eLearning Charter School (GBeCS).

A native of Exeter and a graduate of the Exeter public school system, Bill Perkins started his teaching career 28 years ago at Exeter Area Junior High School, first as a Study Skills Coordinator and then as a Science teacher.  He became Assistant Principal at CMS in 2000.  In addition to that role, today he also teaches Science for the Adult Education program and serves as a Trustee for GBeCS.  His passion for teaching and his dedication to students and the SAU 16 community is clearly evident in the way that he lives his life helping others. 

Part of Bill’s nomination for this award summarizes why he was selected as the 2014 recipient of this award:

Bill continually goes above and beyond to support students, in and out of the classroom.  Bill's own background affords him a perspective that some have not experienced and as a result shares certain compassion with students of need.  Whether teaching a student to fly fish in the courtyard, supplying students with clothing or staying with a student every day after school for academic support, Bill's selfless actions have bettered the lives of many students.  Bill's support goes beyond helping students.  Bill is generous when it comes to supporting his colleagues as well.  Bill is always willing to lend an ear for teachers struggling with student and parent issues.  The Cooperative Middle School and the Exeter area are fortunate to have such a great educator, leader, and all around great guy as Bill Perkins.  Thank you for all you do and have done for your students.


The presentation of this Award was made at Exeter High School on Opening Day for all of the professional staff on August 21, 2014.  Mr. Perkins joins an outstanding array of professional educators who have previously been selected for this coveted award.  Past recipients include:

2004-2005—Mike Olson—Cooperative Middle School

2005-2006—Sam Bruno—Seacoast School of Technology

2006-2007—Walter Pierce—SAU 16

2007-2008—Angela Lennox—Exeter High School

2008-2009—Robert “Archie” Schroeder—Swasey Central School

2009-2010—Robert Schur—Cooperative Middle School

2010-2011—Judy Lewis—Stratham Memorial School

2011-2012—Anne DeMarco—Seacoast School of Technology

                     Margaret Ruggeri—Kensington Elementary School

2012-2013—Kathy Bean and Barbara Egan—Main Street School

2013-2014—Carla Ranks—Seacoast School of Technology