Portland chemistry teacher gets regional award

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PORTLAND — A Deering High School chemistry teacher has been honored by the New England Institute of Chemists.

The NEIC announced on Monday that DHS teacher Cheryl B. Dominic was one of six New England teachers to receive a chemistry teacher award. Dominic is the only teacher in the state to receive the honor.

Dominic has taught chemistry and advanced biology at Deering for the last 33 years. She has received the Russell Award for Excellence in teaching from the University of Southern Maine, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and was once a finalist for Maine’s Teacher of the Year.

The NEIC said in a press release that Dominic, a Portland resident, has made a mission of generating excitement and enthusiasm for chemistry in her students, while also helping them develop the knowledge and skills they need to further their education.

The NEIC is a division of the American Institute of Chemists. The award recognizes teachers who generate interest in chemistry through innovative and inspirational teaching, while promoting extracurricular activities and opportunities related to the subject.