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TO:                   Superintendents, Principals, Milken Educators, State Board of Education, Curriculum Coordinators, Professional Organizations, and Department of Education Staff

FROM:             Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:              February 18, 2005

SUBJECT:       Request for Recommendations for the Talent Pool

            The Department of Education maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals.   These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, and as candidates for special recognition programs.   Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state, and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition.

            We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool.   They have been, and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts.   What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional ability.   Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and an inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues, and community.

            Do you know a relatively new educator that is illustrative not only of our state’s, but also the nation’s best?   One whose lessons provide models for others?   One who has distinguished him/herself above and beyond established top-quality professionals in many of our schools?   A minimum of five years in education is a must.   Candidates must be building-level personnel.   They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth.   Occasionally a principal or specialist is also considered. We are particularly interested in educators who work with students in grades 6 - 12.  Previous recognition is not required.   In fact, of special interest are educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition.

            Please provide CONFIDENTIAL, succinct, and specific information regarding one tothree candidates on the enclosed form in this letter and also a resume from their personnel file.   We ask that you keep this recommendation confidential and do not share it with the individual.   In addition, please include a one-page narrative that addresses how the candidate meets the criteria.   All questions must be answered, preferably typewritten.   I urge you to take the time to recommend candidates.  If necessary, please assign the request to an associate.   Complete information must be sent by March 18, 2005 to:                   

Gail Mazzaro

Maine Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME   04333-0023

Phone:   (207) 624-6743

Fax:   (207) 624-6731



            Your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Attachment: 2004-2005 Talent Pool Recommendation Form