Nominations are now open for the Maine Department of Education's 2019 County Teachers of the Year and 2020 Teacher of the Year awards. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and nurturing the achievement of all students.

To be considered, a teacher must hold the appropriate professional certification for the position; be employed by a Maine public school – including a public charter school or publicly-supported secondary school; be actively teaching students at least 50 percent of full-time at the time of nomination and during the year of recognition; and have a minimum of five years teaching, three of which are in Maine.

The eventual winner serves as an advocate for teachers, students and the efforts under way in Maine’s public schools to prepare students for success in college, career and civic life.

Nominations can be made through the Maine Teacher of the Year Website at through Feb. 4.