Eight Maine teachers have been nominated for the honor of 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year.
They are: Matthew Amoroso, Thornton Academy, Saco; Katherine Bousquet, South Berwick Central School; Richard Lent, Leavitt Area High School, Turner; Elizabeth Marass, Sanford High School; Tracy Scully, Acton Elementary School; Shannon Shanning, Whittier Middle School, Poland; Beth Skotarczak, Oxford-Cumberland Canal School, Westbrook; and Beth Switzer, Coastal Ridge Elementary School, York.
The 2013 Teacher of the Year will automatically become part of the National Teacher of the Year Program. This includes an annual conference in January 2013, a National Teacher Forum in Washington, D.C., in April 2013, “Space Camp” at NASA’s Alabama headquarters in July 2013, and a national education conference in Princeton, N.J., in September 2013. The 2013 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a surprise all-school assembly in September 2012.
Hannaford Supermarkets underwrites the operational cost of the Maine Teacher of the Year program. Bangor Savings Bank will reimburse the winner’s school district for the cost of substitutes while the Teacher of the Year is out of the classroom on official duties. The program is coordinated by the Maine Department of Education and is supported by the Maine State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association.