• 16 Dec 2015 5:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Region 3 Representative, Marielle Edgecomb, was recently featured in an article supporting a learning environment where students are given choices to meet individual needs so that the attention can be on the learning. Check it out for yourself!

  • 21 Nov 2015 6:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Maine's recently announced PAEMST for Middle and High School Mathematics. He currently teaches ninth through 12th graders at Camden Hills Regional High School. We are grateful to William O'Brien for making Maine his home to practice the art and science of teaching. 

    "He has been called the 'pied piper of mathematics' for his ability to encourage large numbers of students to extend themselves mathematically. Whether shepherding 45 eager “mathletes” on the math team, or convincing an art student to take AP Calculus, he makes mathematics accessible, yet challenging. After school, his classroom is often filled with students working and discussing math -- even on a Friday afternoon!" 

  • 03 Nov 2015 9:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As an elementary teacher, I just found out about Seesaw. This is an app for iPads where students can take a picture of their work and draw, write, explain or videotape to show their process or justify their thinking. It organizes the work in a folder for each student, and by date uploaded. I can invite parents' to have access to uploaded items in real time. We are recording our work in all subject areas, including Math journal pages. It would be just as useful in Middle School, or High School to improve home/school communication, and organize student work for reviewing at conferences. Papers can't get lost on the way home, and it is secure, so that parents will only see their own child's work. 

    If you are interested, I suggest you explore this app. I'm so excited that I won't need to spend money on binders, time on organizing, or muscles on carrying everything home to do report cards. Saving time, money and working smarter is on all of our lists. 

  • 07 Sep 2015 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If your students are in grades 5 and 6 in Southern Maine, you can join the Southern Maine Elementary Math League!

    There are teams of 6 competing students, along with 6 alternates who participate. Over 30 teams compete at The Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland 3 times a year, and then once at The Portland Expo Center near the end of the school year.

    Students are challenged with an independent Geometry and Arithmetic test and also a team round where all 6 students work together to earn up to 36 points.

    All tests and team work are scored and tabulated.  The top 3 teams in 5th and 6th grades win a trophy and the individual scores can win a ribbon for places 1st through 5th.

     For more information, or to register your school's team, check out the Southern Maine Elementary Math League. 

    Do you know information about more Math Leagues around the state? Please email me, and I will share the information here. 

    Happy competing, Mathematicians!

  • 23 Aug 2015 6:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is an exciting year for ATOMIM- we have a full board to serve you! Last year we redistricted our regions to match the DOE state regions, and now we have a representative for every region. Help us welcome the following people to the board. 

    Jennifer Mahan - Region 1, Aroostook 

    Rachel Larrabee - Region 2, Penobscot

    Peggy Brown - Region 4, Midcoast

    Angela Marzilli - Region 7, Cumberland

    Hattie Pellegrino - Region 8, York

    We are also excited to welcome Jane Stork as our Administrative Liason, and Cheryl Tobey as our NCSM Representative. 

    Of special note, Darlene Ulrikson is the new ATOMIM President, Pamela Rawson becoming the Past- President, and I (Holly Trottier) have filled the newly created Communications Director position.

    There are pictures, short biographies, and email links on the "About" page of our website. Find out how close we are and let us know how we can help you. 

  • 19 Jan 2015 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Winter 2015 edition of the ATMNE Newsletter has been published. Access it online using this link. Don't miss the opportunity to submit your speaker proposal for the ATMNE fall conference in Portland, October 2015. More information is available in the newsletter.

  • 04 Jan 2014 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Karen Jagolinzer, 5th grade teacher at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, has been named Maine's Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for 2012. 
  • 01 Nov 2013 7:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    University of New England & National Science Foundation Scholarship provides select Maine Students majoring in Applied Mathematics, Biological Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Laboratory Science, or Marine Science up to $10,000 per year for all four years at UNE (in addition to UNE Scholarships and Pell Grants). See the flyer for more information and share with your students.
  • 01 Nov 2013 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 fellowship year. The Einstein Fellowship seeks experienced and distinguished K 12 educators in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve an 11-month fellowship appointment in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office.

    Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. EST, December 4, 2013

    To be eligible, applicants must be:

    • U.S. citizens,
    • currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district,
    • and must have taught full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.

    The Einstein Fellowship is managed by the Department of Energy / Office of Science, in partnership with other sponsoring agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and in collaboration with the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

    Information about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements, and access to the online application system can be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

  • 10 Sep 2013 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Portland’s Karen MacDonald named 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year
    Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced the King Middle School sixth-and seventh-grade teacher as Maine’s top educator in a surprise all-school assembly Tuesday

    PORTLAND – A 24-year veteran teacher at the state’s most diverse middle school is the 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year. 
    In a surprise assembly at King Middle School (KMS) in Portland Tuesday morning, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced Karen MacDonald, who has served students in Portland Public Schools since 1979 and been at KMS since 1989, as Maine’s top teacher.
    The sixth-and seventh-grade English language arts teacher is described by students as a “gift,” by colleagues as a teacher leader who is “the most consistently innovative” and by her principal as “relentlessly committed to the success of all of her students.” 
    In a letter to MacDonald shared by Commissioner Bowen Tuesday, Governor Paul R. LePage thanked her on behalf of a grateful state for devoting her life to serving the students who are Maine’s future.
    “In the 33 years you have taught in Portland schools, you have exemplified what it means to put students first, constantly improving your teaching practices to best meet the changing needs of your students in innovative, imaginative ways,” Governor LePage wrote. “The ‘you can do this’ message you always give your students  – many of them new to this country and our English language – instills them with the confidence that they can do anything, including realizing the American dream. Thanks to you, education truly is the great equalizer for students from all walks of life who come through your classroom door.”
    KMS serves the most racially, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in Maine and its 550 students represent 22 countries and 29 native first languages.
    Those students were joined in celebrating MacDonald by Commissioner Bowen, Portland School District Superintendent Manny Caulk, KMS Principal Mike McCarthy, past Maine Teacher of the Years including 2013 winner Shannon Shanning, Educate Maine Director Tanna Clews, Bangor Savings Bank Regional Market Manager Stephan Woods, Hannaford Director of Corporate Communications Michael Norton and State Board of Education Chair Nancy Perkins and Vice-Chair Peter Geiger.

    Thinking it was an assembly about the state's technology program, MacDonald stood attentively next to her students, taking notes until Commissioner Bowen announced he was actually there because of the great teachers at KMS, and one in particular. Students erupted with excitement, giving a standing ovation as MacDonald made her way to the stage where her family joined her.
    MacDonald quickly turned her award into a teachable moment, addressing her class privately after the assembly was dismissed to tell students she never dreamed she'd actually win Maine Teacher of the Year and that it was a lesson in the value of taking risks. She promised to share her journey with them, including her upcoming visit to the White House and NASA space camp.

    "I am so proud to be a teacher. It's an amazing career," she said.
    In addition to MacDonald, the other 2014 finalists were Mary Graziano, a fourth-grade teacher at Hartland Consolidated School, and Suzen Polk-Hoffses, a kindergarten teacher at Milbridge Elementary School.
    "It's certainly a great day in the teaching career of Karen MacDonald and it is also a great day for King Middle School," said Principal McCarthy. "But every day that Karen MacDonald is here it is a great day. She is simply the best teacher we have ever known."
    As Teacher of the Year, MacDonald will serve as an ambassador for her profession and Maine’s students, and she will be available to travel across the state speaking to colleagues and business and community groups. Starting last year, Bangor Savings Bank began reimbursing the Teacher of the Year's school district for the cost of substitutes while the Teacher of the Year was out of the classroom on official duties.
    Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine Department of Education, administered by Educate Maine. Educate Maine is a business-led organization whose mission is to champion college, career readiness and increased education attainment with a goal of Maine’s students and workers being the best educated and most highly skilled in the world. For more information, visit www.educatemaine.org. Funding for the program is generously provided by Hannaford, Geiger and Bangor Savings Bank with support from the State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association. 
    The nomination process for the 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year begins this November. Those interested in nominating a teacher should contact their school principal or visit the Maine Department of Education website at www.maine.gov/doe/toy.
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