At its annual educational conference for English teachers, the Maine Council for English Language Arts awarded its first annual Claudette and John Brassil Distinguished Educator Award, in honor of the contributions of the two long-time educators who have inspired students and mentored teachers for over 80 combined years in Maine public schools.

The award recognizes exceptional English language arts and literacy teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, contributed to the profession, and shown a commitment to the community.

The 2018 recipient is Johnna Stanton, a 23-year English teacher who has spent the last 18 years teaching at Morse High School in Bath.

Johnna’s nominator cited her love of vocation, warmth, enthusiasm, community service, and extracurricular leadership in his thoughtful letter to the organization.

The annual award is presented at the organization’s conference at Point Lookout Resort in Northport. Nominees should be full time English language arts or literacy teachers of students in grades 6 to 12, who have taught for at least five years in public or independent schools in Maine.

Nominees do not have to be a member of the Maine Council for English Language Arts. Teachers may be nominated by a supervisor or a teaching peer who can provide credible evidence of achievements or be self-nominated. The nomination deadline for the 2019 Claudette and John Brassil Distinguished Educator Award is June 30.

The Maine Council for English Language Arts  is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. MCELA is a collaborative community that provides Maine teachers of English language arts with opportunities to reflect upon and improve their teaching practices.