GUILFORD, Maine — William Thompson, 63, who has been teaching physical science in SAD 4 schools for more than 40 years, is one of six semifinalists named for the Maine Teacher of the Year award.
Thompson said he appreciates the honor. “I was overwhelmed at the support from my colleagues,” he said Friday.
The semifinalists will be interviewed in their respective schools by a review committee of professional educators, Department of Education officials and business owners. Thompson said the visit is scheduled for April 14. The selection process will include a classroom visit, a professional portfolio review and an oral presentation. From that process, the nominees will be winnowed to three finalists. The winner will be announced during a school assembly in September.
Thompson, who was educated in the same schools where he now teaches, started his SAD 4 career in 1967 at Piscataquis Community High School. He worked at that school for two years before he moved to the middle school, where he served for 10 years. In 1978, he was back in the high school, where he has remained throughout the years.
After a brief retirement in 2004, Thompson returned to teaching. “It was interesting enough to come back. I like the classroom more than anything else,” he said.
Thompson, who has taught mainly physical science but also a couple of mathematics courses, lives in Guilford with his wife, Sheila.