September 11, 2013

Portland's Karen MacDonald named Maine Teacher of the Year

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Teacher Karen MacDonald shares a moment with Middle School Principle Michael McCarthy after she was named Maine Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at an assembly at King Middle School in Portland.

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Arzoo Hassanzada, 12, and a seventh-grade student of Karen MacDonald, tells why she likes her teacher. "She always supports you throughout your journey to your goals."

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PDF: Karen MacDonald's nomination document

"You know if you have a problem she'll be there for you," Hassanzada said. "She makes you comfortable and the activities get you really attached to learning."

Last year, MacDonald's students joined with the city of Portland and the Gulf of Maine Scientific Research Institute to collect data on invasive species. They also wrote a book on Maine's contribution to the civil rights era. During that project, students interviewed and wrote about Mainers who were involved in the movement. Their work was donated to the African American Special Collection at the University of Southern Maine.

Shannon Shanning, the state's 2013 Teacher of the Year and a special-education teacher at Whittier Middle School in Poland, said MacDonald will have a busy year ahead of her. After she submits a portfolio to be considered for the national teacher of the year award, MacDonald will attend national education conferences, visit schools, attend space camp in Alabama and meet President Obama.

Shanning said she is confident that MacDonald will be a strong voice for both her students and education, while also continuing to inspire -- and teach -- those around her.

"Mrs. MacDonald has a true knack for making every moment a teaching moment," she said.

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Joe Harrington, 13, a seventh-grade student of Karen MacDonald, tells why he likes his teacher. "She really gets you motivated so you have a really good experience at King."

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Anthony Troiano, 12, a seventh-grade student of Karen MacDonald, tells why he likes his teacher. "She always makes everything so you can know what's going on."

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Sophia Nolan, 12, a seventh-grade student of Karen MacDonald, tells why she likes her teacher. "She really makes me a motivated student in school and in all the classes. ... She's just a really good teacher."

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