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Fourteen Maine Teachers to be Honored by Bowdoin College

Story posted March 13, 2002

Bowdoin College will honor 14 Maine secondary school teachers with Distinguished Teaching Awards for the lasting effect they have had on the lives of their students.

The teachers will be honored at Bowdoin Thursday, April 4. The honorees will attend a series of events, including a campus tour, a reception, and an awards dinner with Bowdoin President Barry Mills.

Each honoree will receive a certificate and a silver-plated polar bear (the Bowdoin mascot). Maine Commissioner of Education Duke Albanese, a 1971 graduate of Bowdoin, will deliver congratulations at the dinner.

The Distinguished Teaching Award was created in 1999 to pay tribute to the important role high school teachers play in instilling students with a passion for learning. The honorees are chosen because they are all former teachers of students who have excelled at Bowdoin. The students had written about the positive influence of these teachers in their college application essays.

Bowdoin College is grateful to these teachers for inspiring students to learn and for preparing them to excel in college and beyond:

Michael Cook (Music), formerly of Cony High School, Augusta, now in Virginia

Jane Doak (English), Belfast Area High School, Belfast

William Murphy (Social Studies and English), Belfast Area High School, Belfast

Chris Johnson (History), Calais High School, Calais

Frankie Stone (English), Greely High School, Cumberland Center

Margaret Diviney (English), Lawrence High School, Fairfield

Virgil Valente (Science), retired, Penquis Valley High School, Milo

Margot Riley (Mathematics), Lincoln Academy, Newcastle

Michael Schaab (Science), currently at Maine Maritime, Castine, but from John Bapst High School, Orono, at the time he taught the student who wrote about him. This is the second time Schaab has been honored (his first time being in 2000)

James Tucker (History), Deering High School, Portland

John Brunette (Mathematics), South Portland High School, South Portland

Claire Chase (French), South Portland High School, South Portland

Craig Furbush (English), South Portland High School, South Portland

Betty MacIntyre (Music), Windham High School, Windham

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