Portland 4th quality teacher named 2021 Maine Trainer of the Yr

PORTLAND, Maine — In a minimal-viewers out of doors event held at the Gerald E. Talbot Group School in Portland on Thursday, the Maine Department of Instruction and Teach Maine named fourth quality instructor Cindy Soule Maine’s 2021 Instructor of the 12 months. 

College students and colleagues at the university ended up ready to view the party by way of a reside broadcast from their lecture rooms.

Soule’s journey began in Might, when she was named the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Yr. She, alongside with 15 other County Lecturers of the Year, was chosen from a pool of additional than 300 academics who ended up nominated previously this 12 months. In August, Soule was named one of three state finalists in advance of being named the 2021 Instructor of the Yr.

“We are happy to announce that Cindy Soule is the 2021 Maine Trainer of the Yr!” Heather Whitaker, 2020 Maine Trainer of the 12 months and member of the Instructor of the 12 months State Critique Panel, stated. “Cindy has been a focused member of the Talbot College Community for 20 yrs. She is a everyday living-extended learner who is committed to the craft of teaching and constructing sturdy associations with her college students, colleagues, and local community. We will discover so significantly from her enthusiasm for training inquiry-dependent science and literacy!”

The Maine Division of Education mentioned Soule has an innate capability to produce a discovering community that disrupts the chance hole. For 20 of her 20-a single a long time of educating, she has been committed to one particular of Maine’s most various universities, the Gerald E. Talbot Local community College (formerly Riverton Elementary Faculty), in Portland. 

Soule fosters a dynamic studying natural environment that evokes curiosity and citizenship in her fourth-quality learners. A lifelong resident of Maine, she produced an appreciation for the pure environment. This enthusiasm is obvious in her educating. She grounds studying in authentic earth contexts and encourages college students to assemble scientific comprehending through observation, questioning, and collaborative wondering. By way of inquiry and discourse, Soule empowers students to see by themselves as meaningful contributors to their neighborhood. This operate is acknowledged by her Presidential Award for Excellence in Arithmetic and Science Instructing candidacy.

Soul contributes to a optimistic society of collective efficacy in which pupils thrive. She companions with group companies to involve Facet X Facet, the Maine Audubon, and the Maine Arithmetic and Science Alliance. She serves as a consultant on the Portland Colleges Literacy Committee, Talbot Management Group, Creating Steering Committee, RTI Team, and Science Teams. On behalf of learners, Soule is a receiver of grants from Portland Education and learning Foundation, TD Lender and DonorsChoose.

Soule holds a Learn of Science in Specific Instruction from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Maine at Orono. A 2020 Resources for Lecturers Fellow, she appears to be forward to ongoing specialist discovery and mastering.

Cindy was nominated in January by her colleague Brooke Teller, STEM Coordinator for Portland Community Schools and the 2017 Cumberland County Instructor of the Year. Brooke shared in her nomination:

Cindy is an amazing instructor for lots of reasons. Cindy has focused most of her nineteen several years in education to the pupils of Riverton Elementary School. At Riverton, she has been in the function of particular educator, literacy mentor and now revolutionary science curriculum developer. She advised me that each and every time she is presented with a new initiative, she is ‘all in’, wanting to do whatever she can to gain her pupils. I can believe of no superior case in point of an incredible teacher than a single that is constantly on the lookout out for her learners and on a continual path for her personal improvement. In my role as Science Mentor, I have been supporting Riverton establish a science curriculum. It will be the first complete curriculum in the Portland General public University district. Cindy has been a leader in this work. This earlier summertime she participated in a training from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. Kate Cook dinner, who facilitated the work had this to say about Cindy: “I experienced the privilege of acquiring to know Cindy by a expert understanding pathway focused on the Upcoming Technology Science Standards. In doing the job with Cindy, it became quickly distinct to me that she is an unbelievable educator for her learners and an inspirational leader amongst her colleagues. Cindy believes, fervently, in having her students’ contemplating significantly, supporting each individual one university student in her class progress, and in advancing critical and innovative thinking. Her belief in her learners is infectious amongst her colleagues. She has a zeal for continuing to progress her individual mastering and a deep passion for assisting her college students and colleagues discover that is refreshing, hopeful, and desperately required in the training job. 

The Instructor of the Yr Software is a yr-prolonged course of action that includes educator portfolio and resume submissions, interviews, oral shows, and classroom visits produced by a selection panel comprised of Point out Board of Schooling associates, college directors, Maine Department of Education employees, previous Lecturers of the Yr, and other Maine company companions.

As the 2021 Maine Instructor of the 12 months, Soule will commit her calendar year of assistance advocating for learners and teachers and speaking to the relevance of training in getting ready Maine pupils for the upcoming. She will signify Maine in the National Instructor of the Yr plan.

On behalf of the Maine Division of Education and learning, the Maine Trainer of the Calendar year application is administered by Teach Maine, a organization-led advocacy firm, in partnership with the Maine Point out Instructors of the Year Association and the Maine State Board of Education and learning. Funding for the software is generously supplied by Maine organizations., which includes the program’s direct sponsor, Bangor Discounts Financial institution. Other program sponsors incorporate Useless River, Geiger, Hannaford, the Maine Condition Lottery, Unum and the Silvernail Relatives.