By Benjamin Brigham, an English teacher and technology coordinator at Shead High School in Eastport and the 2015 Washington County Teacher of the Year.
Around this time of year 15 years ago, one of my former students lost his mother. Around this time of year one year ago, another of my former students delivered the most inspirational salutatory address I have ever witnessed. These two young men, Mike Moore and Joey Newell, are both successful college students now.
The stories of how they overcame tremendous adversity to find academic and personal success give us insight into and hope for building an educational system that meets the needs of all Maine students.
With this hope in mind and a great love and respect for these two young men, I hope the words that follow honor their stories and give you a better understanding of the challenges facing Maine’s students and schools.