MEDIA ADVISORY: Maine County Teachers of the Year to be announced 5/10 at 2pm

What:
16 Maine teachers will be announced and honored as part of the Maine Department of Education’s annual Maine County Teachers of the Year awards. The teachers were nominated by a member of their community and chosen by a panel of teachers, principals and business community members.

Maine county teachers of the year serve as ambassadors for teachers, students, and quality education state-wide. The Maine County Teachers of the Year are available to make presentations to local and regional organizations. Into the summer, they will continue to participate in an intensive State Teacher of the Year selection process.

Who:
16 Maine teachers (one from each county), Department of Education Deputy Suzan Beaudoin; Executive Director of Educate Maine, Ed Cervone; State Board of Education, Martha Harris; and 2018 Teacher of the Year, Kaitlin Young.

Where:
Hall of Flags, Maine State Capitol

When:
Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

For more information contact Maine DOE Director of Communications, Rachel Paling at rachel.paling@maine.gov or call 624-6747.

2018 Teacher of the Year State Finalists Selected

The Maine Department of Education, in partnership with Educate Maine, announced the state finalists for Maine’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. They were chosen from this year’s County Teachers of the Year who were named in May at a celebration at the State House Hall of Flags.

The state finalists are:

  • Kasie Giallombardo, Nokomis Regional High School (Penobscot County)
  • Kaitlin Young, SeDoMoCha Elementary School (Piscataquis County)
  • Jennifer England, Noble High School (York County)

The process going forward for the state finalists include personal interviews and a school site visit before the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year is selected. Review panels during the selection process consist of past Teachers of the Year, school administrators, Department staff, members of professional education organizations and the business community. The 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year will be announced at a surprise all-school assembly in October and will represent Maine in the National Teacher of the Year program.

The Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine Department of Education and is administered and managed by Educate Maine, a business-led organization working to advance education policies and practices that prepare Maine students to be the next generation of productive, engaged citizens. The program has a longtime partnership with the Maine State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association. You can view an overview of the Maine Teacher of the Year program here.

Maine’s Teacher of the Year program receives financial support from Bangor Savings Bank, Dead River, Geiger, Hannaford, Maine State Lottery and Thomas College. The program also received a one year grant from Walmart to support professional development and classroom innovation.

Biographical information and photos of the 16 County Teachers of the Year can be found at: http://www.mainetoy.org/teachers/county/2017.

For more information about the Teacher of the Year program, please contact Dolly Sullivan at Educate Maine at 207-631-3385 or Dolly@EducateMaine.org.

2016 Maine County Teachers of the Year create platform for local schools

The 2016 Maine County Teachers of the Year collaborated on a platform to promote the benefits and celebrate the successes of connecting classrooms to their communities.

The intent of the platform, Connecting Classrooms to Communities (ConnectC2C) is to share stories and projects that showcase strong community-classroom partnerships in Maine on an interactive website.

They invite all Maine local schools to share stories that highlight community connections.

Visit ConnectC2C Site to see the website and find out how to get involved.

For more information, contact the 2016 County Teachers of the Year point person Morgan Cuthbert at Morgan_Cuthbert@yarmouthschools.org.

 

Nominations sought for 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year

AUGUSTA – Nominations are now open for the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year.

Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and nurturing the achievement of all students at http://www.mainetoy.org through Feb. 6. To be considered, a teacher must hold at least a four-year degree and be employed by a Maine public school – including a public charter school or publicly supported secondary school.

The eventual winner of the state’s highest teaching honor, which is awarded by the Maine Department of Education through a program administered by Educate Maine, serves as an advocate for teachers, students and the efforts underway in Maine’s public schools to prepare students for success in college, career and civic life.

Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Tammy Ranger, is a middle school reading interventionist at Skowhegan Area Middle School and was selected from over 300 entries and included recognition at the county level.  In addition to Ranger, other 2016 state finalists included Rebecca Tapley, math and writing teacher at Brooklin Elementary School and 2016 Hancock County Teacher of the Year, and Cherrie MacInnis, third grade teacher at Brewer Community School and 2016 Penobscot County Teacher of the Year.

The 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected from the 16 county honorees, who will be whittled down to eight semi-finalists and then three state finalists before the ultimate winner is announced by Maine’s Education Commissioner at a surprise school assembly in the fall.

Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine DOE that since 2013 has been administered by Educate Maine, a business-led organization whose mission is to champion college, career readiness and increased education attainment. Funding is provided by Bangor Savings Bank, Geiger, Hannaford and Dead River with support from the State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association.

The Teacher of the Year program has no cost to taxpayers. Bangor Savings Bank reimburses the winning educator’s school district for the cost of substitutes while the Teacher of the Year is out of the classroom on their official duties, which includes travel throughout the state, a week at NASA Space Camp and a visit to the White House.

For more information about the Maine Teacher of the Year program, visit www.maine.gov/doe/toy/. For more information about Educate Maine, visit www.educatemaine.org.
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Skowhegan Area Middle School Reading Interventionist named Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year

In a surprise assembly at MSAD 54’s Skowhegan Area Middle School (SAMS) on Thursday, Oct. 13, Maine State Board of Education Chair Martha Harris announced Tammy Ranger had been chosen from a field of 300 nominees as Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

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