Portland teacher a semifinalist for award

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PORTLAND — A King Middle School teacher is one of the six semifinalists for Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year award.

Language arts teacher Karen MacDonald and the other semifinalists were honored April 4 in a Statehouse event with Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

They will undergo a selection process consisting of school visits by a review panel, portfolio reviews and interviews. The winner will be announced at a surprise all-school assembly in early September.

MacDonald began working for Portland Public Schools in 1978 and has held several positions within the district. She has been at King Middle School since 1989 and has helped the school change its focus to expeditionary learning.