For good reason, the University of Maine at Farmington is considered one of New England’s premier schools for preparing outstanding teachers. In fact, it was founded more than 150 years ago as Maine’s FIRST public institution of higher education, a school dedicated to preparing future teachers.
Jennifer Dorman '93, Special Education. Special Education Teacher at the Skowhegan Area Middle School in Skowhegan, Maine. Named the 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year -- the second special education teacher to ever receive the award.
Holly Doe '94, Elementary Education. Technology Integrator and NH's only recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Also earned a National Science Foundation award. Earned a M.S.Ed., Lesley University, an Adult Space Camp graduate and certification at the Google Teacher Academy in London. (Her parents are also UMF graduates.)
Luke Shorty '03, Mathematics. Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, the renowned science and mathematics magnet high school Limestone, Maine. Also earned a Master's degree in Mathematics at Montana State University.
Kristie Clark '91, Elementary Education. English Language Learner (ELL) Director for Lewiston, Maine, Public Schools. The 2010 recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for excellence in teaching.
Rachel Labreque '06, Early Childhood Education / Psychology. Co-founder of Teachly, a NY-based company that creates educational apps driven by cognitive science research. Received the prestigious 2014 Apple Design Award at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Cognitive Studies in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Adam Chabot '11 Creative Writing. English teacher / J.V. hockey coach. Kents Hill School. Kents Hill, Maine.
Janet Ventrella '04 Elementary Education. 5th grade teacher. Livermore (ME) Elementary School. Named 2013 Maine History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehman Institute of America.
Shelly Moody '98, Elementary Education. Third and fourth grade teacher, Williams Elementary School in Oakland, Maine. Named Maine's 2011 Teacher of the Year.
Shannon Shanning '00, Public Health and Special Education. Special Education teacher at the Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland, Maine. Named the 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year -- the first special education teacher to ever receive the award.
Travis Magnusson '06 Community Health Education. Physical Education teacher and soccer coach at Buckfield Junior-Senior High School, varsity boy's basketball coach at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Maine. Named his high school division's 2012 "Coach of the Year" by the Maine Assoc. of Basketball Coaches.
Allie Malmstrom '10, Elementary Education. First grade teacher at the Etna-Dixmont School in Etna, Maine. Rick Hardy '76, Elementary Education. Sixth grade teacher Cascade Brook School in Farmington, Maine.
Sarah McKeown ‘12 Secondary Education – Mathematics. Calculus Teacher and Dorm Parent at Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, Maine.
Bright From the Start: The Best Educators Begin at Farmington.
Maine’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Dorman ’93, is a UMF Education graduate.
Three of the four 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year finalists were UMF Education graduates.
Five of the past 7 Maine Teacher of the Year recipients were UMF Education graduates.
UMF Education graduates received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
UMF Education graduates received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Educator Award.
UMF Education graduates have been named Maine History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehman Institute of America.
A UMF Education graduate is an Adult Space Camp graduate and earned certification at the Google Teacher Academy in London.
A UMF Education graduate received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award.
A UMF Education graduate received the prestigious 2014 Apple Design Award at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference.
UMF is one of only three nationally accredited teacher education programs in Maine.
UMF was featured in Newsweek’s Great Teaching Schools 2014.
UMF Education graduates work in schools across Maine, throughout the U.S., and around the world.
A recent survey found 17 percent of all teachers in Maine schools hold a UMF degree.