he Department of Education wants to highlight Maine’s outstanding teachers and nominations are being accepted for the 2019 County Teachers of the Year and 2020 Teacher of the Year.
To be considered for the nomination, a teacher must hold the appropriate certification, be employed by a Maine school, be teaching 50% of the time or full time during the time of nomination, and have a minimum of five years teaching, three of which are in Maine. The eventual winner serves as an advocate for teachers, students, and the efforts underway in Maine’s public schools to prepare students for success in college, career and civic life.
Maine’s recently named 2019 Teacher of the Year, Joseph Hennessey, an English teacher at Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, was selected from over 300 entries. the other 2019 state finalists include Connie Russell, a teacher at Mabel I. Wilson School and 2018 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year, and Shana Goodall, a teacher at Orono High School and the 2018 Penobscot County Teacher of the Year.
The 2020 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected from the 16 county honorees and then be narrowed to eight semi-finalists and then three state finalists before the ultimate winner is announced by Maine’s Education Commissioner at a surprise school assembly in the fall.
Nominations can be made through the Maine Teacher of the Year Website starting January 4, 2019 and will be open through Feb. 4, 2019.