PORTLAND — The Gulf of Maine Research Institute recently honored Buckfield Junior-Senior High School teacher Gretchen Kimball with the fifth annual McCarthy Education Innovation Award. GMRI education staff presented the award during a ceremony at the Maine Science Teachers Association conference.

Each year, GMRI presents the McCarthy award to the Maine teacher who best embodies GMRI’s education principles. These teachers provide students authentic science experiences and promote students’ interest in, understanding of and connection to scientific studies. The McCarthy Award is named after retired Unum CEO Kevin McCarthy, a longtime supporter of science education in Maine.

Kimball was recognized as an innovator in the classroom, known for creating authentic learning experiences for her students. GMRI staff also noted Kimball’s commitment to professional development, and support of other teachers. In the past two years, she has utilized GMRI’s citizen science education platform, Vital Signs, and made valuable contributions to the Western Maine Teacher Community — a partner effort between GMRI and local teachers to connect rural and under-resourced teachers of science, technology, engineering and math subjects.

Gretchen Kimball

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