Several prominent Maine educators have endorsed independent candidate Shawn Moody for governor, Moody’s campaign announced today.

The educators include: Mark Eastman, retired superintendent of schools, Oxford Hills, and a former Maine Superintendent of the Year; Gary Moore, principal, Windham Middle School, president of the Cumberland County Superintendent’s Association, and member of the Maine Commission for Educational Reform; Kris Wescott, a teacher at the Lime School in Limerick and Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year 2009; and Bob Crowley, retired physics teacher, Gorham High School, and the $1 million winner of the “Survivor: Gabon” television show.

Moody’s educational priorities include deterring high school dropouts, training students for emerging job markets and lowering the cost of higher education.

Moody believes there should be a greater push in high schools to identify which freshmen and sophomores are ‘”work-bound’” and “college-bound,” and direct them to appropriate programs for job placement.

Moody, 50, is the owner of Moody’s Collision Centers.