Commissioner’s Update – Sept. 22, 2011

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Last week, Alana Margeson, a teacher at Caribou High School, was named the 2012 Maine Teacher of the Year. She engages her students, encourages academic risk-taking and gets students thinking outside their comfort zone.As we always try to remind people, the Maine Teacher of the Year isn’t the best teacher in Maine. She is meant to represent the many excellent teachers devoted to the highest level of student learning in their classrooms.

Announcing Mrs. Margeson as the next Maine Teacher of the Year is just one more reminder of the paramount importance of quality teachers to successful student outcomes. It sounds like a no-brainer, but we need to do more to set high expectations so that all Maine students have an Alana Margeson in their classroom every year in every class.

I encourage you to check out Gov. LePage’s weekly message on Saturday in which he will speak about the role of teachers and about our plans for supporting teachers and other educators in improving student achievement.

— Stephen Bowen



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Caribou teacher named 2012 Teacher of the Year

CARIBOU — After a multi-step selection process, Caribou High School English teacher Alana Margeson was named Maine’s 2012 Teacher of the Year during a surprise all-school assembly held in her honor. | More

Second Race to the Top webinar Sept. 29

Maine’s Race to the Top team is inviting the public to find out about the state’s proposal for winning up to $50 million in federal award funds to strengthen early childhood education. | More

Two Maine schools receive national honor

The U.S. Department of Education has named Orono Middle School and Eliot Elementary School 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The schools are among more than 300 nationally that will be recognized in Washington, D.C., in November. | More

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