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SeDoMoCha’s Young is the Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year

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AUGUSTA — Teachers from each of Maine’s 16 counties were honored May 11 at the Statehouse for an annual event in the Hall of Flags announcing the 2017 Maine County Teachers of the Year. The 16 are the county finalists for Maine Teacher of the Year, an honor awarded each year to one teacher in Maine.

Among the group is Kaitlin Young of SeDoMoCha Elementary School. Young teaches music at the school in Dover-Foxcroft.

The educators were each nominated by a member of their community for their exemplary service in education, and dedication to their students. They were selected by a distinguished panel of teachers, principals and business community members from a pool of hundreds of other nominated teachers in their communities.

Teachers of the year from other counties are: Androscoggin, Nesrene Griffin, Governor James Longley School; Aroostook, Leslie Marquis, Fort Kent Community High School; Cumberland, Brooke Teller, Casco Bay High School; Franklin, Allison Warman, Rangeley Lakes School; Hancock, Marielle Edgecomb, The Peninsula School; Kennebec, Lisette Bordes, Messalonskee High School; Knox, Iris Eichenlaub, Camden Hills Regional Hs; Lincoln, Christopher Coleman, Great Salt Bay Community School; Oxford, Janet Harriman, Sacopee Valley High School; Penobscot, Kasie Giallombardo, Nokomis High School; Sagadahoc, John Dever, Mt. Ararat High School; Somerset, Eric Brown, Lawrence High School; Waldo, Christi Goosman, Searsport District High School; Washington, Rhonda Stevens, Beatrice Rafferty School; and York, Jen England, Noble High School.

Ambassadors for teachers, students, and quality education in Maine, these teachers will continue to participate in the intensive State Teacher of the Year selection process, including the submission of a video showcasing their classroom instructional practices.

The field will be narrowed to eight semi-finalists who will begin working on their professional portfolio, a component of the National Teacher of the Year process. After the portfolio review and presentations to a select panel, the field is narrowed to three finalists. In October, the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected after a school site visit and final interview.

The Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine Department of Education, administered by Educate Maine, a business-led organization working to ensure Maine’s students and workers are the best educated and highly skilled in the world.

For more information, visit www.maine.gov/doe/toy/.

Kaitlin Young

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COUNTY TEACHERS OF THE YEAR — SeDoMoCha Elementary music teacher Kaitlin Young, far right, was among the 16 Maine County Teachers of the Year recognized in Augusta on May 11. Young and the other honorees are now in the running for the 2018 Maine Maine Teacher of the Year recognition, with the field of 16 to first be narrowed to eight semifinalists and then to three finalists.

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