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Tammy Ranger Delivers Keynote at Maine HR Convention

Tammy Ranger Delivers Keynote at Maine HR Convention

Earning Top Marks

 On Thursday May 10, 2018, Tammy Ranger delivered a keynote address to attendees of the Maine HR Convention at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Tammy, a UMaine alumni turned adjunct professor, community volunteer, yoga instructor, and most notably: Maine's 2017 Teacher of the Year. Tammy teaches at Skowhegan Area Middle School, a rural, high-poverty school with innovative education practices. The school's core ethic is to empower teachers to be decision-makers and advocates for their… READ MORE
How Two Students Warmth and Support Helped Me Come Out at School

How Two Students Warmth and Support Helped Me Come Out at School

Becky Tapley is a middle school teacher at the Brooklin School, a small jewel of a school on the coast of Maine. Becky is a 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year Finalist. She is a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and the Maine Teacher of the Year Association. Becky served on the 2017 Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers Maine Planning Committee.  Becky is a graduate of Lake Forest College and the University of Maine Orono, where she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
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Tammy Ranger June 2017 Blog Post

MTOY Tammy Ranger discusses stepping outside her corner of the forest.
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Stuffed Neurons and Growth Mindset (Feb. 2017)
From A Child At Risk to a Teacher: How I Gained My Confidence

From A Child At Risk to a Teacher: How I Gained My Confidence

Fallyn Adams, 2015 Knox County Teacher of the Year

In that moment, I realized two truths: I was a child of poverty, and I had been homeless on more than one occasion.  See full blog post here  READ MORE
The Importance of Reading Aloud #ReadingChallenge

The Importance of Reading Aloud #ReadingChallenge

Shelly Moody, 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year

The Many Benefits of Reading AloudThere is a great body of evidence that supports the impact reading aloud can have on a child.  A significant body of research shows that reading aloud can positively impact a child's language, literacy skills, and brain development. (http://www.nea.org/grants/facts-about-childrens-literacy.html) If a parent reads aloud to a child fifteen minutes a day for five years, it will add up to over 460 hours of reading! A study by Scholastic in 2014 reports that… READ MORE
Students Need More than Curriculum to Succeed in Life

Students Need More than Curriculum to Succeed in Life

Talya Edlund, 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year

2016 Maine Teacher of the Year Talya Edlund talks about the importance of 21st Century Skills for our students.Read the full article here READ MORE
A Glimmer of Hope

A Glimmer of Hope

by Brenda LaVerdiere, 2015 Franklin County Teacher of the Year, 2016 State Finalist

Imagine that you are a fourth grade teacher working in an economically deprived school in the foothills of western Maine. You teach in a small town where the factory and farming jobs that used to be the economic engine of your community no longer exist. In this once thriving community, many parents now struggle to find jobs that pay a living wage. Many parents struggle to buy school supplies and clothes for their children. 
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Peer Coaching: Building Capacity and Skills for Our Schools and Districts´╗┐

Peer Coaching: Building Capacity and Skills for Our Schools and Districts´╗┐

by Andrea Beardsley, Hancock County Teacher of the Year 10th-12th Grade Science, Ellsworth High School

Several years ago, our then principal sent out an email requesting that anyone interested in becoming a peer coach should contact her and apply for the newly created position. Our school had recently been "awarded" (please note the irony of that statement) a School Improvement Grant (SIG) and as a stipulation of the grant, a dean of instruction and three peer coaching positions would be both philosophically and financially supported.
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2015: Energized, Engaged, Patient and Prepared

2015: Energized, Engaged, Patient and Prepared

by Kate Smith, York County Teacher of the Year Music and Outdoor Classroom, Central School

I can juggle. Not literally, unfortunately. That third ball really throws me off. But figuratively I am one of the best jugglers around. I have been known to manage three grant projects, numerous committee responsibilities, concerts, a full teaching schedule and my children's after-school activities at the same time. Recently, however, I decided it was time to do a little less juggling.
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