Nominees sought for Norman Prize for Teacher Excellence


ELLSWORTH — Students, parents, faculty and administration of SAD 52 are invited to nominate an outstanding full-time teacher for the Patience W. Norman Prize for Teacher Excellence. The prize carries a $5,000 award.

Patience Norman was a history teacher with a fine, inquisitive mind who believed her students were capable of academic excellence. She required her students to work hard and challenged them to surpass her and their own expectations. The Norman Prize for Teacher Excellence has been established at the Maine Community Foundation to recognize teachers in SAD 52 who emulate her education philosophy.

Teachers who stimulate intellectual curiosity, raise aspirations and demand critical thinking in their classrooms are eligible.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 17.

Complete guidelines and a nomination form are available at or by calling toll-free 1-877-700-6800. Last year’s Norman Prize winner was Jeanne Prince.

Nominees should have a demonstrated commitment to SAD 52 as evidenced by a minimum five-year tenure. Teachers should also demonstrate one or more of the following qualities: unusual impact and effectiveness in the classroom; commitment to students, including responsibility and concern for academic progress; creativity and innovation in teaching; and leadership that provides a positive model for students.

“The donor was fortunate to have been one of Ms. Norman’s students and hopes to promote teacher retention in MSAD 52 by recognizing-through this annual award and recognition-an educator who exemplifies excellence in teaching,” said Jean Warren, scholarship funds manager at the Maine Community Foundation.

A selection committee comprised of the superintendent of schools, curriculum coordinator and chair of the school board for SAD 52 will review and select a recipient.