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PPS Teacher Finalist for Teacher of Year!

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PPS Teacher Finalist for Teacher of Year!
Posted on 08/25/2020
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Cindy Soule, a fourth-grade teacher at Talbot Community School and the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year, is now one of three finalists for Maine Teacher of the Year.

 The three State Finalists are Soule; Alison Babb-Brott, of Knox County; and Heather Webster, of Lincoln County, according to an Aug. 19 announcement by Educate Maine, the Maine Department of Education, the Maine State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association. Read more about the State Finalists.

The State Review Panel will conduct school site “visits” and interviews of the three finalists as the next step in Teacher of the Year selection process. One of the three will be selected as Maine Teacher of the Year 2021 in October. 

Soule was among the 16 teachers – one from each of Maine’s counties – to win a Maine County Teacher of the Year award. The teachers were nominated by a member of their school community, and were selected by a panel of teachers, principals, and business community members through a rigorous application process.

Maine County Teachers of the Year serve as ambassadors for teachers, students, and quality education statewide.

Soule has taught at Talbot (formerly Riverton Elementary School) for 20 years. Principal Ann Hanna describes her as “exceptional” and “outstanding.”

Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana said, “As part of the People goal in the Portland Promise, our strategic plan, we strive to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers, and Cindy is an exceptional example of teaching excellence in Portland’s public schools.”

Soule holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Southern Maine and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Maine, Orono. She taught for a year in the Auburn School Department before joining the Portland Public Schools.

Learn more about Soule and her selection as Cumberland County Teacher of the Year 2020.