Back in January, 350 teachers across the state were in the running for Teacher of the Year. Now that number has been narrowed down to 16, one for each county.
Bill Guerrette is the Teacher of the Year for Aroostook County. He teaches at Presque Isle Middle School and was nominated by a colleague. Guerrette says he really tries to show the students that learning can be fun by doing many activities outside of the classroom. He even organizes a trip to D.C. for the kids every year. Something he says he really enjoys.
"I think we have a lot of great educators here in Aroostook County," said Guerrette. "You know I think a lot of timeswith a lot of different things, we think a lot of things are better further away. You know, Portland, that type of thing... but we have a lot of special things going on here in the county. So, for me, it's a privilege representing all of the educators that we have here. I just happen to be the 2018 County Teacher of the Year, but we have a lot of well deserving people up here that could win that award too."
Guerrette says that being honored with this award has given him a chance to self-reflect on his teaching practices. He says even though he's been a teacher for 31 years, he still continues to learn and improve.