Falmouth teacher a semi-finalist for award

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FALMOUTH — A second-grade teacher at Lunt School has been named a semi-finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year.

Kevin Grover is one of six teachers to be selected from the Maine Department of Education’s initial 14 nominees. Grover and the other five candidates were selected by a review panel that included teachers, principals and members of both professional organizations and the business community.

Grover begins his school day by greeting students at the classroom door, which gives him the chance to establish a regular personal connection with each student and provides a means of measuring each student’s mood. His approach to teaching includes saturating his students daily with technology, from digital morning messages to streaming video. As the technology liaison for the school, he also offers professional development opportunities to the staff.

During the next few months, all six semi-finalists will undergo school visits, a professional portfolio review and an oral presentation as part of an exhaustive selection process to narrow the search to three state finalists. Once the finalists are chosen, they will participate in a final interview before the winner is announced at a surprise all-school assembly in September.