Middle school teacher named Promising Practitioner
Waldoboro — A second-year teacher at Medomak Middle School has been named Promising Practitioner by the New England League of Middle Schools.
Nominated by Medomak Middle School guidance counselor Christina deGroff, Spanish teacher Molly Brewer will receive the award at the league's 33rd annual conference in Providence March 30.
"She fit the criteria to a tee," said deGroff. "She does a lot to enrich the lives of our students here."
This annual award is based on the recommendations of fellow teachers, parents, and administrators and is designed to honor those truly worthy of such a prestigious award.
The purpose of this recognition is to "honor excellent teachers who are beginning their teaching careers and who are effective middle level educators that provide powerful learning for their young adolescent students," said Brenda Needham, executive director of NELMS, in a press release.
The specific criteria include: enjoys teaching middle level students; makes a positive difference in the school; seeks professional development and implements ideas and fosters community connections, among other things.
"She's really patient. She won't just tell you something and walk away. She'll stay with you until you understand. She makes you want to learn" is just one of the supportive quotes received from her students.
"I was completely shocked," said Brewer of the award. "I just come here and do what I do every day. I am honored and excited."
The league is a non-profit organization that has been a vital part of educating young adolescents in the New England area for more than 35 years. It provides a variety of services to the more than 1,000 member schools that represent more than 40,000 middle level educators.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.