Two UMaine grads finalists for Maine Teacher of the Year
Cindy Soule, a fourth-grade teacher at Portland’s Gerald A. Talbot Community School, and Heather Webster, an English teacher at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, are two of the three finalists for 2021 Maine Teacher of the Year.
Both are alumni of the University of Maine. Soule, the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year, has a Bachelor of Science in social work. Webster, the 2020 Lincoln County Teacher of the Year, earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and is working on a Master of Education in literacy education with a concentration in writing and the teaching of writing in the UMaine College of Education and Human Development.
They are joined by 2020 Knox County Teacher of the Year Alison Babb-Brott as the third finalist for the Maine Teacher of the Year. Babb-Brott is a second-grade teacher at St. George School.
The finalists were selected from the list of Maine County Teachers of the Year, previously announced by the Maine Department of Education and Educate Maine. This year, eight of the 16 county teachers earned degrees at UMaine.
The Maine Teacher of the Year serves as an advocate for the teaching profession, education and students, and represents Maine in the National Teacher of the Year program. The awardee will be announced in October.