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.
"I am passionate about books. One of my favorite things to do is to match students with the right books for them. Books that offer them mirrors -- glimpses of themselves so that they feel seen, or windows -- a view of identities and experiences they might not live but can learn and grow from. Sharing these stories fosters empathy. Sharing stories opens doors. Sharing stories changes perspectives. Sharing stories affirms identities. Sharing stories shows us that we are never alone."
Kelsey Stoyanova teaches 8th grade students Language Arts and Writing at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden (RSU 22).
“I’m really overwhelmed with a myriad of emotions, but what I feel most is a deep sense of pride – pride in our school, pride in the learning community we have created together and pride in the fact that the reason I was selected as Maine Teacher of the Year stems from the work we have collectively accomplished across Portland schools together"
Cindy Soule is a 4th grade teacher at the Gerald E. Talbot Community School in Portland, Maine.
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Nominations open from January 1, 2022 to February 4, 2022 at 5 pm.
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.