Elementary school educator named state's 2016 Teacher of the Year in surprise ceremony

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — A third-grade teacher from Cape Elizabeth has been named Maine's teacher of the year following a surprise celebration in which students and teachers gathered to supposedly celebrate the school's 250th anniversary.

When the curtain was drawn back Monday at Pond Cove Elementary School, a banner revealed that Tayla Edlund had won Teacher of the Year honors. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Q6Cg5T ) Edlund will now meet teachers and students around the state and speak about Maine's public schools. She will also meet President Barack Obama.

The Acting Deputy Education Commissioner described Edlund as a "teacher's teacher" who "understands and values the individual uniqueness of every child."

Edlund says her philosophy is to get students engaged by working with their hands and thinking problems through by experimenting.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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