AUGUSTA — Six teachers are semifinalists for 2012 Maine Teacher of the Year.

The six were selected by a panel of teachers, principals, and business community members last week, according to the state Department of Education. The semifinalists are: Tim Eisenhart of Westbrook High School; Paige Fournier of Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland; Alana Margeson of Caribou High School; Jolene Randall of Tripp Middle School in Turner; Meghan Schall of George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden; and Ingrid Stressenger of Pond Cove Elementary School in Cape Elizabeth.

The semifinalists will go through a selection process that includes a school visit, a professional portfolio review and an oral presentation before the field is narrowed to three finalists. The 2012 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a surprise school assembly in September.

The program is coordinated by the Education Department and underwritten by Hannaford Supermarkets. Bangor Savings Bank will reimburse the winner’s district for the cost of substitutes while the winner is out of the classroom for official duties.

Learn more about the semifinalists.