Lee continues to give back to the many communities we live and work in throughout Maine.

Previously we mentioned we have been providing lunches for the Maine County Teachers of the Year and their staff. Additionally, we sponsor a classroom project that the teacher gets to run and organize.


Here are a few more projects the teachers will be doing.


Jocelyn Saucier: Fort Kent High School – Arookstock County Teacher Of The Year

In our district, teachers take their students outside for mask breaks and/or to read and work quietly on the green spaces.  We do not, however, have a designated outdoor learning space for our school community to teach and learn in a comfortable, more structured environment.  With the Lee Auto grant, I would like to purchase some seating for our outdoor learning environment.  In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, creating outdoor learning spaces will help to support our staff and students to teach and learn safely and equitably.  Outdoor spaces are cost-effective tools to increase physical distancing capacity onsite and provide access to abundant fresh air. Creating this space would allow our school community to stay outdoors for longer periods of time to learn, while also reducing their risk of infection.  Investing in outdoor learning spaces now will yield long-term health benefits for children and faculty. 


Thank you Lee Auto!  Your generosity is so very much appreciated.


Lindsay Mahoney: Messalonskee Middle School – Kennebec County Teacher Of The Year.

One of the things my learners have repeatedly said this year is that although they love technology, they also love a break from their screens. I think we can all relate to that after the last 14 months! I will use my mini-grant from Lee Auto Malls to create a class set of physical manipulatives for my middle school math classroom. Modeling and playing with math is heavily emphasized in the younger classrooms, but we tend to stray away from tactical tools as learners get older. I plan to purchase  Algebra tiles and Hands-on Equations so my learners can visually see and work with equations. These will engage learners and help me scaffold abstract concepts so that learning is accessible to all my learners. Thank you!!


Nicole Sautter: Philip Sugg School – Androscoggin County Teacher of The Year

My students recently completed a research project; gathering the information necessary to create their own feature article. This work highlighted some significant gaps in my classroom library, as well as my school library. With the funds, I will be purchasing informational texts that cover the topic of mental health, as well as literary texts whose characters represent middle school adolescents who battle mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. This generous donation will positively impact the confidence and self-worth of those I'm fortunate enough to teach. Thank you! 


Tonya Prentice:  Woodstock Elementary School – Oxford County Teacher Of The Year

I’m so excited to use this money to help develop our outdoor learning space on our nature trail. I will be adding several low ropes course stations to incorporate a rope maze, wobbly bridge, and balance beam.  This will emphasize collaboration, cooperation, and strategic thinking between students.  Students will need to use strategy and communication skills to succeed in reaching a common goal and have opportunities to explore and play in nature. 



Rob Westerberg: York High School – York County Teacher Of The Year.

I am earmarking these funds to purchase sheet music for my honors choirs next year, with an eye on supporting and raising awareness of contemporary black composers and their compositions. I have program notes for every concert I do - - - I will be mentioning the financial gift from Lee and its use toward this end, as well as the larger picture of celebrating diversity in our music education curriculum.


Melissa Hoisington: Kingfield Elementary School – Franklin County Teacher of the Year.

I'll be making a change in 2021-22 to an interventionist position for our K-4 students at Kingfield Elementary. As hard as we all have worked this year the pandemic has created a gap in literacy learning for many young learners. As a Reading Specialist and trained Reading Recovery teacher, I feel I have the skills to help. Our teaching books for beginning readers are old, tattered, and outdated so I will be using this mini-grant to

purchase new teaching materials that include fiction texts that reflect

diversity and nonfiction texts that integrate with outdoor learning




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