Outstanding educators sought for Maine talent pool

The Maine DOE is seeking recommendations through April 28 for the 2016 Maine Educator Talent Pool. These distinguished educators may be considered for membership on local and state advisory boards and task forces, as well as be candidates for special recognition through the Department.

Maine is fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in the current talent pool. They have been and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts. What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability. Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues and community.

As a result, the Department is currently seeking elementary educators (grades K-5) relatively new to the profession (five to 18 years of experience) who demonstrate a one-of-a-kind instructional ability; inspire their students, colleagues and community members; and have strong leadership potential. Candidates are building-level personnel and typically classroom teachers who are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their leadership and results with students. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Of special interest are educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition.

Nomination forms are available here. Please provide confidential, succinct, compelling, and specific information regarding the candidate on the recommendation form. All questions must be answered, preferably typewritten. Your recommendation packet must include a one-page narrative that addresses how the candidate meets the talent pool criteria, a completed recommendation form and a resume from his or her personnel file.

School districts are strongly urged to take the time to recommend candidates. If necessary, assign the request to an associate. Please note though, this recommendation must remain confidential and not shared with the individual.

For more information, contact Special Projects Manager Jennifer Pooler at 624-6638 or jennifer.pooler@maine.gov.