From Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier
Last week I had the honor of announcing Jennifer Dorman as the 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Dorman, who dreamed of being a teacher since her very first day of Kindergarten, has been a special educator in Somerset County schools for two decades, most recently at Skowhegan Area Middle School (SAMS) where she is a seventh-and eighth-grade special education and reading intervention teacher.
Those who have had the privilege to learn from Mrs. Dorman – whether as a student or a colleague – were not surprised she received this recognition. And because she noticed the school floors being polished and the lawn being mowed the day before, even Mrs. Dorman had a hunch she wasn’t coming into the auditorium at SAMS for a student fundraising assembly last Thursday.
Notices and Reporting
- Statement of Assurance and MEDMS Financial Reconciliation, due Nov. 1
- Regional School Calendar, due April 14
News & Views
In a surprise all-school assembly, Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier announced Skowhegan Area Middle School’s Jennifer Dorman as Maine’s top teacher. | More
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The Maine DOE is asking superintendents to participate in a survey on the use of instructional coaches. | More
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The Maine DOE is proposing changes this fall to the rules regarding the provision of child find, early intervention services, and special education and related services. | More
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network recently announced the formation of the MPBN Junior Broadcaster Board. | More