2 Maine teachers get national recognition

Posted May 05, 2009, at 6:47 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two Maine teachers were recognized recently, one by President Obama and the other by the Milken Family Foundation.

Gloria Noyes of Congin Elementary School in Westbrook, the 2009 Maine Teacher of the Year, was among those recognized by Obama at a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House on April 28, according to a press release from Maine Commissioner of Education Susan Gendron.

Michelle Gagne, an elementary school teacher at Sherwood Heights School in Auburn, was one of 70 teachers from around the country honored by the Milken Family Foundation on April 18 at a black-tie gala in Los Angeles that Teacher Magazine calls the “Oscars of Teaching.”

“We could not ask for finer representatives of teaching from Maine than Gloria and Michelle,” Gendron said in the release. “Their energy and dedication to the students and to the teaching profession are clear to all who meet them, most of all their students. I commend them on their achievements and I am so glad they are receiving the national recognition they deserve.”

Noyes, who has taught fifth grade at Congin for 15 years, was named Maine’s 2009 Teacher of the Year last September. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Maine at Farmington and her master’s degree in literacy from the University of Southern Maine.

Gagne was announced as Maine’s Milken Educator Award recipient at a school assembly in October. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., in 1988 and her kindergarten through eighth-grade teaching certification from the University of Southern Maine in 2001.

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