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5/6/2014 1:33:00 PM
Boothbay Region Educator Named County's Teacher of the Year
Boothbay Region Elementary School language arts teacher Cordelia
Boothbay Region Elementary School language arts teacher Cordelia "Cory" Chase is Lincoln County's teacher of the year.

Boothbay Region Elementary School teacher Cordelia "Cory" Chase was named Lincoln County teacher of the year during a ceremony in Portland May 6.

Chase teaches language arts for grades seven and eight. She also serves as Project Citizen adviser and yearbook adviser.

A graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor's degree in English and a Master of Science in education, she started her teaching career in 1993.

Boothbay Region Elementary School parent Sarah Sherman nominated Chase. "After being in Ms. Chase's class, my son has had the profound realization that not only can I do this, but I'm good at it," Sherman said.

Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier, Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, Maine Board of Education Vice Chairman Peter Geiger, 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year Karen MacDonald, and Educate Maine Executive Director Tanna Clews were on hand at a Hall of Flags ceremony to recognize and honor all 16 county teachers of the year.

The 2014 county teachers of the year are among 376 Maine teachers nominated in February under an expanded teacher of the year program. A distinguished panel of teachers, principals, and business community members made the final selections.

The county teachers of the year, one of whom will be selected as the 2015 State teacher of the year, serve as ambassadors for teachers, students, and quality education, and are available to make presentations to local and regional organizations.

The teachers will continue to participate in an intensive state teacher of the year selection process, including submitting a video showcasing their classroom instructional practices.

The field will be narrowed to eight semifinalists who will begin working on their professional portfolio, a component of the national teacher of the year process. After the portfolio review and presentations to a select panel, the field is narrowed to four finalists.

The 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected after a school site visit and final interview.

Rier said Maine students "are being inspired each day by the effective, engaging educators we are fortunate to have in so many of our classrooms, and the 16 teachers being recognized today are the best of the best."

"These teachers deserve to know they are valued and respected, and through our expanded teacher of the year program, we can come together as a state to show our thanks for their incredible commitment to our children and our communities," Rier said.

Bangor Savings Bank, Geiger, Hannaford Supermarkets and Unum provide funding for the Teacher of the Year program. Educate Maine manages the program in partnership with the Maine Department of Education. The Maine Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association provide advice and support.

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