HONORING THOSE WHO DO MORE
THAN ANYONE ELSE TO EDUCATE MAINE.
The classroom teacher is the backbone of the American educational system. The Maine Teacher of the Year program honors the contributions and elevates the voice of Maine’s classroom teachers. The County and State Teachers of the Year serve as exemplars of the teaching profession, and advocates for quality education of Maine students.
Selecting a Teacher of the Year is meant to celebrate the thousands of outstanding professional educators in Maine schools, not to single out any individual as the best teacher in Maine.
What to expect from Teachers of the Year
Teachers of the Year are committed to excellence and nurture the achievements of all students. Their exemplary skills inspire students and colleagues, and they help focus attention on the importance of public schools among everyone in the community.
To honor and recognize excellence in teaching and highlight the importance and impact of the profession.
“It was an honor to be selected, and it’s extremely exciting because it helps highlight the work of alternative learners and how hard they work to get to school and to stay in school,” Whitaker said. “It also gives other alternative education teachers a platform and a voice, through me, to bring attention to the needs of youth who are at risk within our schools.”
Heather Whitaker is a middle school alternative education teacher at Gorham Middle School.
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Check back with us -Nominations for 2020 County Teachers of the Year open in January.
Whether you’re a student who’s learned from a great teacher, a colleague, administrator, parent or an interested member of the community, here’s your chance to recognize one of Maine’s classroom stars.