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Androscoggin: Nesrene Griffin

Androscoggin: Nesrene Griffin

School: Governor James Longley School
Grade Level: 3
Subject: Math, Literacy, Social Studies, and Science
School District: Lewiston Public Schools
Principal: Kristie Clark
Superintendent: William Webster

Nominated by:  Amy Favreau, ELL Teacher, Colleague

Nes is an extraordinary teacher and it shows through the growth of her students, both academically and socially. Her students trust her. Nes is an all-round team player with her colleagues. She was an ELL student and shares that proudly with her ELL students, who make up 70% of the student population. Nes is also a leader in Lewiston as she serves as the proficiency based learning liaison for the district.

Aroostook: Leslie Marquis

Aroostook: Leslie Marquis

School: Fort Kent Community School
Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject: Math and Science
School District: MSAD 27
Principal: James Charette
Superintendent: Benjamin Sirois

Nominated by: James Charette, Principal

Mrs. Marquis understands the need to infuse her lessons with a hands-on approach that makes learning fun and engaging. She has embraced the move to Proficiency Based Education by becoming a champion of innovative teaching strategies that directly impact student achievement. She generates an amazing amount of school spirit. Mrs. Marquis is an amazing teacher who understands the needs of the students in our community.

Cumberland: Brooke Teller

Cumberland: Brooke Teller

School: Casco Bay High School
Grade Levels: 11-12
Subject: Math and Science
School District: Portland Public Schools
Principal: Derek Pierce
Superintendent: Xavier Botana

Nominated by: Sarah Mills, Community Member

She has contagious enthusiasm for teaching high school science and is truly dedicated to her students. She can even get students excited in learning about one of her own favorite topics, stoichiometry, an aspect of chemistry. Many of her students are motivated to pursue higher-level classes because her teaching is so engaging, creative, and interdisciplinary. This makes learning fun and relevant. She is positive, sincere, caring, creative, joyful and generous of spirit.

Franklin: Allison Warman

Franklin: Allison Warman

School: Rangeley Lakes School
Grade Levels: 1-2 Multiage
Subject: All
School District: RSU 78
Principal: Dr. Charles Brown
Superintendent: Bill Richards

Nominated by: Principal, Dr. Charles Brown

Mrs. Warman is an extraordinary teacher for many reasons. First and foremost, she puts the needs of children first. Whether it be academic, emotional, or social, Allison advocates for her students and works with her students to achieve the best results. Mrs. Warman is a forerunner in the movement to a Proficiency Based system. She has implemented a PBE system in her classes and worked with other teachers throughout the building in this transition.

Hancock: Marielle Edgecomb

Hancock: Marielle Edgecomb

School: The Peninsula School
Grade Levels: 1-8
Subject: 1-5 general; 6-8 Math
School District: RSU 24
Principal: Sally Leighton
Superintendent: Michael Eastman

Nominated by: Reese Pinkham, Student

She is a great teacher because she lets me work at my own pace. Also, we have days when we celebrate a math holiday such as Math Day and Pi Day. She is always happy and is my favorite teacher.

Kennebec: Lisette Bordes

Kennebec: Lisette Bordes

School: Messalonskee High School
Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject: English
School District: RSU 18
Principal: Paula Callan
Superintendent: Gary Smith

Nominated by: Paula Callan, Principal

When you walk into Lisette's classes you feel like you are part of the class. She has a way of blending instruction with facilitation that is flawless. Through her non-confrontational demeanor, she can get the most struggling student to become engaged and successful in their learning.

Knox: Iris Eichenlaub

Knox: Iris Eichenlaub

School: Camden Hills Regional High School
Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject: Library/Technology Integration Specialist
School District: Fivetowns CSD
Principal: Robert Sampson
Superintendent: Maria Libby

Nominated by: Naomi Howe, Colleague

Iris has made our library the center of learning and coping skills - she is a remarkably active member of our very professional community, speaking up constantly for the well-being of our students and staff. She has transformed our library into a center of learning for everyone, where all are accepted and valued, and where help can be found for stress reduction, books, visiting guest speakers, teacher training, as well as resources for IT and all areas of the curriculum.

Lincoln: Chris Coleman

Lincoln: Chris Coleman

School: Great Salt Bay Community School
Grade Level: 4
Subject: All
School District: Great Salt Bay CSD
Principal: Kimberly Schaff
Superintendent: Steve Bailey

Nominated by: Kimberly Schaff, Principal

Mr. Coleman is one of Great Salt Bay's strongest educators. His passion for learning excites his students and his colleagues. He integrates outdoor education into programming, which includes monthly field trips to Hidden Valley Nature Center and a master gardening program. He collaborates with community members to enrich his students' educational experience. He is a student of teaching and continually is looking for ways to improve his practice.

Oxford: Janet Harriman

Oxford: Janet Harriman

School: Sacopee Valley High School
Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject: Math and Science
School District: RSU 55
Principal: Britton Wolfe
Superintendent: Carl Landry

Nominated by: Suzanne Day, Curriculum Coordinator

Janet Harriman is the epitome of an extraordinary teacher. Her discipline issues are virtually nonexistent because students are motivated and excited to participate in her class. She researches and implements new best practices, while balancing strategies and techniques that are proven. Her experience and expertise allows her to make adjustments and modifications to ensure student success. Janet's enthusiasm for teaching and learning is contagious and inspiring.

Penobscot: Kasie Giallombardo

Penobscot: Kasie Giallombardo

School: Nokomis High School
Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject: Social Studies
School District: RSU 19
Principal: Mary Nadeau
Superintendent: Mike Hammer

Nominated by: Mary Nadeau, Principal

Kasie brings to life the principles, skills, strategies and ideals that represent the "art and science" of teaching. I marvel at not only her desire, but also her purposeful planning and plethora of strategies to bring her lesson to life for ALL students. Over the past few years, I have watched her continue to learn, grow and go from a teacher experimenting with strategies and ideas to someone who is masterful in employing effective strategies.

Piscataquis: Kaitlin Young

Piscataquis: Kaitlin Young

School: SeDoMoCha Elementary School
Grade Levels: PreK-8
Subject: Music - General Choral
School District: RSU 68
Principal: Julie Kimball
Superintendent: Stacy Shorey

Nominated by: Carolyn Clark, Colleague

Kaitlin Young has grown our music program exponentially during her six years. She works tirelessly teaching students to love, respect, and learn from music. She starts her days giving free private lessons to students and can often be seen involved in after school activities supporting students in all of their achievements - attending games, spelling bees, and reading events.

Sagadahoc: John Dever

Sagadahoc: John Dever

School: Mt. Ararat High School
Grade Levels: 10-11
Subject: Social Studies/ AP European History
School District: RSU 75
Principal: Donna Brunette
Superintendent: Brad Smith

Nominated by: Student, Hayden Libby

Mr. Dever is an extraordinary teacher because he puts in a 110% effort when teaching his classes. He also makes connections with kids. He wants his students to reach their full potential and does everything to help them get there. Mr. Dever is awesome.

Somerset: Eric Brown

Somerset: Eric Brown

School: Lawrence High School
Grade Levels: 10-12
Subject: Biology and Human Anatomy
School District: MSAD 49
Principal: Mark Campbell
Superintendent: Dean Baker

Nominated by:  Samantha Wilson, Student

Everyone loves Mr. Brown so much for his character. He is the life of the school. My first interaction with him was when I was sitting in my English class. Some crazy guy in Crocs paraded into our class with a line of students behind him, all carrying an intestine from an animal. He is always excited about what he is teaching, and loves to share his knowledge. He's smart enough to be a surgeon, and yet he's proud to be a teacher. Mr. Brown is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met, and by far the most influential teacher I have ever had.

Waldo: Christi Goosman

Waldo: Christi Goosman

School: Searsport District High School
Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject: Social Studies and Theatre
School District: RSU 71
Principal: Marianne DeRaps
Superintendent: Chris Downing

Nominated by: Denise Dakin, Parent

Chris is kind and caring to all students. She is patient with every student and always takes the extra time to help students truly understand what they are being taught. She views every student as a unique individual. Chris is fair and understanding.

Washington: Rhonda Stevens

Washington: Rhonda Stevens

School: Beatrice Rafferty School
Grade Level: 8
Subject: Reading, Language, Science, Social Studies, Writing and spelling
School District: Maine Indian Education
Principal: Michael Chadwick
Superintendent: Linda McLeod

Nominated by: Michael Chadwick, Principal

Rhonda excels at challenging her students academically, and goes above and beyond to make sure they are fed, have warm clothes in the winter and are safe. Many times over the years she has kids at her house on the weekends completing school work and getting caught up on assignments. In the classroom Rhonda is challenging and demanding of her students. Her students have the utmost respect for her and disciplinary issues just don't happen because of the climate of mutual respect that is created and maintained in her classroom.

York: Jen England

York: Jen England

School: Noble High School
Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject: English, Freshman Success, Senior Projects
School District: MSAD 60
Principal: Joe Findlay
Superintendent: Steve Connolly

Nominated by: Susan Austin, Colleague

Jen England is a phenomenal person who has developed a program called Multiple Pathways for our at-risk youth at Noble high school. She creates unique curricula that sparks enthusiasm in some of our most negatively impacted youth. Her positive attitude impacts her students and colleagues as well. Jen models the mantra, "I believe in you," and that spills over into the entire faculty. She is a gem that words cannot fully describe. She truly makes a huge difference in our students' lives.