Jade McGuire, of Augusta, was recently named the Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine in Orono.

McGuire, an honors student majoring in elementary education, with a concentration in mathematics, will receive a bachelor’s degree with high honors at UMaine’s 214th Commencement May 14.

Her research for her honors thesis, “Preservice Teacher Self-Efficacy for Teaching Mathematics,” focused on teacher beliefs about teaching math in the elementary grades. McGuire participated in the study abroad program Semester at Sea, and she was active in UMaine Black Bear Mentors and Alternative Breaks.

She plans to start her elementary school teaching career in Maine and, ultimately, pursue a master’s degree in education.

A profile about McGuire’s UMaine student experience is online.