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Congrats Andrew Forster

May 15, 2016

Music educator is Kennebec County 2016 Teacher of the Year

Kate Smith, 2014 York County Teacher of the Year, Andy Forster 2016 Kennebec Teacher of the Year, Argy Nestor 1995 Maine Teacher of the Year

Kate Smith, 2014 York County Teacher of the Year, Andy Forster 2016 Kennebec Teacher of the Year, Argy Nestor 1995 Maine Teacher of the Year

Three hundred nominations were received from across the state for teacher of the year. The first step in the process is complete and 15 teachers were named county teachers of the year on Friday at a ceremony at the State House.

I am especially proud to announce that music educator Andrew Forster from Messalonskee High School was named the Kennebec County Teacher of the Year.

Those honored will move forward in an intensive selection process that will include the creation of a video showcasing their classroom instructional practices, portfolio development and review, school visits and an interview with a state review panel. At the end of this review, three state finalists will be chosen, and ultimately the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected and named by Maine’s top education officials at a surprise all-school assembly this fall.

Andy Forster with students, colleagues, and his parents. Soooo proud!

Andy Forster with students, colleagues, and his parents. Soooo proud!

Hooray for Andy and good luck as you travel through the process.

  • Aroostook: Michael McCartney, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Limestone
  • Androscoggin: Michael Hayashida, Poland Regional High School
  • Cumberland: Morgan Cuthbert, Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth
  • Franklin: Selina Warren, Kingfield Elementary School
  • Hancock: Rebecca Tapley, Brooklin Elementary School
  • Kennebec: Andrew Forster, Messalonskee High School, Oakland
  • Knox: Beth Heidemann, Cushing Community School
  • Lincoln: Erika Atkinson, Dresden Elementary School
  • Oxford: Joseph Cummings, Oxford Hills Middle School
  • Penobscot: Cherrie MacInnes, Brewer Community School
  • Sagadahoc: Lawrence Kovacs, Bath Middle School
  • Somerset: Tamara Ranger, Skowhegan Area Middle School
  • Waldo: Kristen Kelley, Islesboro Central School
  • Washington: Jane Andrews, Princeton Elementary School
  • York: Pamela Starkey, Marshwood Great Works School, So. Berwick
So many pictures were being taken in the State House!

So many pictures were being taken!

The Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine Department of Education, administered by Educate Maine. Funding for the program is generously provided by Hannaford, Geiger, Bangor Savings Bank and Dead River with support from the State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association.

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