Camden Hills teacher is a finalist for top teaching award

Aug 29, 2019

Augusta — Instructor Tom Gray, who teaches Social Studies, English, and Gifted and Talented at Camden Hills Regional High School, has been named as one of three state finalists for the 2020 Maine Teacher of the Year award.

As the coordinator of the school’s Intercultural Program, Gray has developed direct connections with educators in partner schools around the world. These school-to-school partnerships offer opportunities for students to interact and collaborate with peers in other cultures to investigate real-world problems. By leveraging technology to transcend physical limitations he prepares his students to thrive as global citizens. Gray believes in the “transformational power of adventure” for students. In the 2019-2020 school year, Grey will pioneer a new, district-wide initiative in Innovation Engineering, in partnership with the University of Maine. He has been teaching for 21 years.

Also named as finalists for the award are Heather Whitaker, of Gorham Middle School and Rob Taylor, of Maine Regional School Unit 73.

Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine Department of Education, administered by Educate Maine. For more information, visit


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