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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO. 44
POLICY CODE: AEB
TO: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Headmasters, Vocational School Directors, Special Education Directors, Presidents of Maine Professional Educational Associations
FROM: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
DATE: January 3, 2002
SUBJECT: Nominations for the 2003 Maine Teacher of the Year (M.T.O.Y.)
The Maine State Board of Education and the Department of Education invite you to nominate a teacher for consideration as Maine’s Teacher of the Year 2003. Any certified Maine teacher who is currently giving daily classroom instruction in a Maine approved public or private elementary or secondary school may be nominated. Previously nominated teachers are also eligible for consideration.
The Teacher of the Year Program does not attempt to single out any individual as the best teacher in Maine, but rather to honor one teacher who represents all the excellent teachers in our state. Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in Maine schools.
Maine’s Teacher of the Year should be committed to excellence and to nurturing the achievement of all students. Your nominee should bring to the classroom exemplary skills that are recognized by students, colleagues, parents, and all other members of your school’s community.
Note: while serving as Maine Teacher of the Year the teacher must maintain his or her current teaching position. Furthermore, nominees must be employed full time by their school district and teaching at least fifty percent of that time.
It is important that you understand that being Maine Teacher of the Year requires some time away from the classroom. Along with the publicity that is part of being Teacher of the Year, there are usually a number of speaking engagements and requests to assist other schools in professional development. This could amount to as many as 30 days of absence during the school year. Regional and State Finalists will also be expected to participate in various activities which could amount to up to 10 days absence during the school year.
The 2003 Maine Teacher of the Year will automatically be part of the National Teacher of the Year Program. This includes an annual conference in Dallas, Texas, in January, “Space Camp” at NASA’s Alabama headquarters in July, and a National Teacher Forum in Washington, also in July. This also means that she/he will be included in the National Teacher of the Year selection process.
While it is your decision how to nominate a teacher in your district or school, I encourage the use of a local nominating committee of at least three colleagues of the nominee. This committee might also include a parent, and/or school board member, a student (s), and/or other members of the school community. The committee and the nominee are responsible for filling out the enclosed form and returning it to the Department, postmarked by February 13, 2002, or hand delivered to the Fifth Floor Receptionist in the State Office Building, Augusta, by 5 PM, February 13.
The T.O.Y. Committee regrets that no feedback concerning any stage of the process can be provided to the nominees.
A calendar of the selection process for 2002 is enclosed. It is important that you share this letter and the enclosed calendar with your nominee.
A committee of teachers, school administrators, students, and Department staff will score the nomination forms, selecting one Regional Finalist from each of the state’s nine superintendent regions plus up to two additional at-large finalists. For a region to be represented there must be a nominee whose score qualifies him or her from that region.
All Regional Finalists who complete the process will be honored at a banquet in late October or November. Regional Finalists will receive generous checks from Hannaford Bros., which may be used for professional development or classroom enrichment.
These checks as well as most of the other Teacher of the Year expenses are funded by Hannaford Bros. This is the seventh year that this company has generously supported the Maine Teacher of the Year Program.
The nomination form is posted on the Department’s web page:
Attachment: Nominations Papers for the 2003 Maine Teacher of the Year (MSWord)
If you have any questions please contact the Teacher of the Year Coordinator:
Maine Department of Education
#23 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0023