AUGUSTA — The pool in the running for Maine Teacher of the Year has been narrowed to six semi-finalists.

Gov. Paul LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen honored the group at a State House ceremony Thursday.

The six include fifth-grade teacher Susan Carpenter O’Brien from George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden; fourth-grade teacher Mary Graziano from Hartland Consolidated School; and kindergarten teacher Suzen Polk-Hoffses from Milbridge Elementary School.

The other three are Christiane Cullens, who teaches grades 10-12 at Mount Desert Island High School; Karen MacDonald, a sixth-and-seventh-grade teacher at King Middle School in Portland; and Cynthia Raymond, a seventh-grade teacher at Hall-Dale Middle School in Farmingdale.

All told 14 teachers were nominated. Winners will be announced later.


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