Awards and Honors

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Recent Awards and Honors for the Portland Public Schools

Read about outstanding graduates of the Portland Public Schools and see their videos.

  • See a list of colleges and universities attended by 2013 graduates of the Portland Public Schools.
  • 2014 Russell Award for excellence in teaching (Larry Nichols, Deering High School)
  • Class A state boys' basketball tournament winner (Portland High School, 2014)
  • Western Maine Class A wrestling sportsmanship award (Portland High School, 2014)
  • One of 20 schools nationwide cited for promoting “deeper learning,” according to the website GettingSmart.com (Casco Bay High School, 2013)
  • One of 35 high schools across the country and abroad worth visiting, according to "Education Week" (Casco Bay High School, 2013)
  • American Lung Association’s Healthy Air Leadership Award (King Middle School seventh grade class and teacher Ruth MacLean, 2013)
  • Maine Teacher of the Year 2014 (Karen MacDonald, King Middle School)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Achievement Award (Kevin Mallory, district transportation director, 2013)
  • Maine Special Education Support Person of the Year (Patti Dyer, Student Support Services, 2013)
  • Recycling Program of the Year 2013 (Given by the Maine Resource Recovery Association to the Portland Public Schools for its cafeteria recycling and composting program) 
  • Klingenstein Teacher Award (Susan McCray, Casco Bay High School, 2013)
  • First place winner in Maine’s Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition (Portland Arts and Technology High School team, 2013)
  • First place winner in marine troubleshooting contest at the Maine Boatbuilders Show (Portland Arts and Technology High School team, 2013)
  • First place winner of Maine State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament (Lyseth Elementary School team, 2013)
  • State winner of Verizon Innovative App Challenge (Deering High School computer science team, 2013)
  • Ecomaine Eco-Excellence Award (Olga “Teddy” Valencia and the Riverton Elementary School Cultures Helping Everyone’s Environment club, 2013)
  • Leadership award from the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Christine Bearce, Longfellow Elementary School, 2012)
  • National "Student Ownership of Learning" award from the Stupski Foundation (Casco Bay High School, 2012)
  • “U.S. News & World Report” ranking as one of the 10 best high schools in Maine (Casco Bay High School, 2012)
  • Maine Environmental Education Association School of the Year (Lincoln Middle School, 2012) 
  • Maine Association of Basketball Coaches' Coach of the Year (Daniel LeGage, Deering High School, 2012)
  • Class A Boys' Basketball State Championship and Sportsmanship Award (Deering High School, 2012)
  • Class A Western Maine boys' basketball championship (Deering High School, 2012)
  • Class A girls' swimming state Sportsmanship Award (Deering High School, 2012)
  • NAACP Portland Branch award presented to Lyman Moore Middle School at Portland's Martin Luther King Day breakfast (2012)
  • HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award ( East End, Hall, Longfellow, Ocean Avenue, Peaks Island, Presumpscot, Reiche and Riverton elementary schools, 2011)
  • Maine Teacher of the Year 2012 semifinalist  (Paige Fournier, Lyman Moore Middle School)
  • Western Maine Class A boys' basketball sportsmanship award (Deering High School, 2011)
  • Western Maine Class A girls' hockey sportsmanship award (Portland High, 2011)
  • "I Love My Librarian" 2010 national award winner (Kelley McDaniel, King Middle School)
  • Western Maine Class A boys' high school soccer championship (Portland High School, 2010)
  • Teacher of the Year award from the Kids in Need Foundation (Sally Reagan, Portland High teacher, 2010)
  • Finalist in the 2011 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year award program (King Middle School Principal Michael McCarthy)
  • Named by the International Center for Leadership in Education as one of 25 "model schools" nationwide (Casco Bay High School, 2010)
  • Maine first place award in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition (Portland Arts and Technology High School, 2010)
  • Best overall portfolio award at the Project Citizen State Showcase for a project by a team of students on "Greening our Schools" (Moore Middle School, 2010)
  • Third place (King Middle School) and fifth place (Lincoln Middle School), Maine MATHCOUNTS state competition (2010)
  • eco-Excellence award for preserving local ecology, Portland Arts and Technology High School carpentry program (2010)
  • Maine 2010 Middle Level Principal of the Year (King Middle School Principal Michael McCarthy)
  • Maine Teacher of the Year 2010 Finalist (Jayne Quinn Sawtelle, Hall Elementary School)
  • Maine Teacher of the Year 2010 Semi-Finalist (Thomas Fournier, Lincoln Middle School)