My Teacher of the Year Journey

Gloria Noyes, 2009 Maine State Teacher of the Year

Archive for November, 2008

Flying to Alexandria, Virginia!!!!

As a Board Member for the Maine ASCD, I was invited to go to the National ASCD Headquarters. www.ascd.org It was a very early start…3 a.m. We arrived at the airport for 4:30 a.m. and were in the air at 6:00 a.m. By 9:00 a.m. we were sitting around the expansive conference table embarking on our journey of team building and realizing our potential as the Maine ASCD. It was fascinating to see the corporate headquarters; it is seriously such a well run, technology-filled, as well as being on the cutting edge all the teaching issues happening not only in the United States, but throughout the world. We were given the opportunity to brainstorm and work together as a team, which was worth its weight in gold.

Our day ended around 4:30 p.m. After returning to our hotel, some of us ate dinner at the hotel and went for a shopping spree in one of the local mall areas. While others caught up with family and friends in the area or went sight seeing in the Old Town section of town. If the weather were better we were planning on going to D.C. to see the monuments…bummer. It was damp and overcast with a chance for more rain.

We reconvened the next morning at 8:30 a.m. to go over what we took in the day before. As a team we made suggestions as to where we wanted to see the Maine ASCD go and how we might get there. It was a great discussion. Getting home to Maine was not as great, we were all not sure if we would make it out of Virginia as the weather in New York and Maine was thick in fog. Fortunately, our plane did take off as planned and I was back in good old Portland by 1:30p.m. on November 15. Is there anything better than returning home and seeing the people you love? I don’t think so.

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  • My precious former students Stephanie and Rachel Neales at T.O.Y. Banquet

    My precious former students Stephanie and Rachel Neales at the T.O.Y. Banquet (Colby College)

    Extraordinary evening with all of the Teacher of the Year finalists and regional finalists, past T.O.Y. recipients and T.O.Y. Committee Members, the 2008 Maine Teacher of the Year, Martin McKeon, as the Master of Ceremonies, Susan Gendron the Commissioner of Education, representation for the Maine Department of Education, representation from the Maine Board of Education, representation from the T.O.Y. supporters such as Hannaford, Geiger Brothers, and SMARTERkids Foundation, along with many of our family members, school friends, and friends to share in an evening filled with warmth and pride.

    The evening started with appetizers followed by a delicious meal. The highlight was witnessing the genuine love students and administration had for their T.O.Y. being honored, it was apparent when they introduced their special person. There were tears, laughs, and a deep sense of pride in the hearts of those there. This was a very incredible event for me, as I was in the presence of truly brilliant, compassionate, and an outstanding group of teachers who make a difference everyday in their students’ lives. I am honored to be in their caliber.

    I need to give a special thank you to my precious former students, Stephanie and Rachel Neales. Your speech was so touching to me, and as I told you that night I only hope that you have the opportunity to feel the same way when you both have your own classrooms. Teaching is a gift, but the students are the invaluable presents that leave footprints on your heart forever. (I am so proud of you both! Love, Mrs. Noyes)

    Also, I’d like to personally thank Hannaford, Geiger Bros., SMARTerkids Foundation, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Board of Education for their continued financial support with the Teacher of the Year process and their true appreciation of education and educators!  THANK YOU!!!

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  • As the recipient of the Maine Teacher of the Year award, I was invited to be a Board Member on the M.T.O.Y Committee. Today, we had a committee meeting in Augusta at the Cross Building. It was wonderful to work along side some truly amazing educators.

    An exciting event that is taking place this summer for educators is
    The 2009 National State Teacher of the Year Annual Conference, which Maine is hosting.
     
    The conference will be held at the remarkable Point Lookout in Northport, overlooking Penobscot Bay.  http://www.visitpointlookout.com/ 

    Point Lookout in Northport, Maine...gorgeous.

    Point Lookout in Northport, Maine...gorgeous.

    The Pre-Conference will be held July 6-8, with the Conference scheduled for July 9-12.  SAVE THE DATES!  More information will be forthcoming!  Contact information is available at: http://sites.google.com/site/nstoyinmaine/ 

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