There are a number of reasons why 8th grade teacher Michaela Lamarre is considered a “go-to” science person among the 12 STEM teachers at Saco Middle School. She is personable, approachable and her knowledge and work ethic speak volumes. Her attention to detail, precision and perseverance are evident in all she does. Oftentimes an educator like that comes along only once in a lifetime for students and for educators lucky enough to call her their colleague.
Lamarre researches the most engaging approaches, is technologically savvy, and addresses not only the academic needs of her students, but the social and emotional as well. Parents ask for her as the teacher for their children. Always on top of her game, the STEM-loving teacher is known to go above and beyond her job.
As an instructor, she is adept at fostering critical thinking in her students by always asking them why and to explain their answers.
Lamarre is so dedicated that she worked through her maternity leave with other science teachers in order to develop curriculum based upon new standards. Her test data has also shown steady gains. Thanks to Lamarre’s lead and guidance, the school had the Next Generation Science Standards in place and ready about a year before the state mandated it.
Colleagues say that when Lamarre raises her hand in a staff meeting, you know there will be an insightful and positive statement made. She also leads professional development at the district level.
Lamarre received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, science, from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2004 and a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of New England in 2010.
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