Maine's former top teacher facing layoff

PORTLAND (AP) — A former Maine teacher of the year may soon find herself out of a job.

Gloria Noyes was teaching fifth-grade at Westbrook's Congin Elementary School in 2009 when she was named the state's top educator.

Noyes, who left Westbrook last fall to take a job as assistant principal of the Fred P. Hall Elementary School in Portland, is on the list of as many as 49 teachers and administrators who will be laid off at the end of the school year.

The Portland School Board will hold a first reading of proposed staff cuts Tuesday night before taking a final vote on May 28.

The 42-year-old Noyes, married with two children, told The Portland Press Herald ( ) she's frightened. She has already started looking for a new job.

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Jim Cyr's picture

Mrs. Noyes was

a good teacher and we all know they are hard to find. Why did she leave her "love for teaching" to take an administrative job, of which are a dime a dozen. Most school systems are top heavy and deserve the cut in the non teaching fields. The funds need to be directed toward the students that want/need to learn.



Here we see more" job creating" on the part of the conservatives in the state legislature. Somehow unless it is in the private sector they do not count it as a real job. The state has been shedding more jobs than it is adding and those they are adding are minimum wage jobs that cannot support a family. This is the result of the legislature's backpedaling on their promise to fund education and to return tax money to the towns. Their idea of helping to improve education is to give pointless criticism and to defund it. The lady will no doubt find another job but if she is smart it won't be in education. A small loss for her but a huge loss to the children and future new teachers.


This is an unfortunate fact

This is an unfortunate fact of life she has to face; as she is such a good teacher she should be able to obtain a teaching position easily. Unfortunately companies and governments sometimes add new positions that they cannot really afford and when a budget crunch comes they have to eliminate some positions. While it is very unfortunate for the people involved, the alternative is higher taxes that citizens cannot afford in cases of government employment, or a bankrupt business in private industry.

Chris Blake's picture


Never heard of a city or town making extra schools for the fun of it just because they had the money. Education isn't discretionary spending, it's a necessity. And in listing your "alternative" you got it backwards. The real alternative is to stop corporate tax breaks that mean more money for people who already have plenty, and government spending shortfalls that hurt people who don't.


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