Commissioner’s Update – December 10, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

Saco Teacher Surprised with Milken Educator Award and $25,000 in cash

SACO — Michaela Lamarre, an eighth-grade science teacher, was caught off-guard when, in front of an enthusiastic school-wide assembly at Saco Middle School, she was surprised with a Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 check this morning.

Lamarre is the only teacher in Maine this season to win the award, and among up to only 40 educators nationally who will receive the prestigious honor during the Milken Family Foundation’s coast-to-coast tour. The foundation has been rewarding outstanding elementary and secondary educators with the award since 1987.

In a school gym filled with cheering students, respected colleagues, distinguished officials, and the media, Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, and Acting Education Commissioner Dr. William Beardsley presented Michaela Lamarre with the distinctive navy blue envelope during the event.

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