For the second year in a row, RSU 18 is home to the County Teacher of the year! Lisette Bordes, a member of the Messalonskee High School English department, was named the 2017 Kennebec County Teacher of the Year today, May 11th, at the Hall of Flags in the State Capital.
Principal Paula Callan stated in her nomination that, “As soon as you walk into Lisette’s classes you feel like you are part of the class. She has a way of delivering instruction with facilitation that is flawless. Through her non-confrontational demeanor she can get the most struggling students to become engaged and successful in their learning.”
A native of Louisiana, Ms. Bordes obtained her B.A. in English Literature from Lafayette University, a Certificate for Advanced Studies in publishing and communication from Harvard University Extension, and her M.A. in English Literature from Simmons College. Prior to coming to work at MHS in the fall of 2014, Ms Bordes worked as a writing and learning specialist and adjunct instructor at Thomas College.
Superintendent Gary Smith said he recently had the opportunity to observe Ms. Bordes’ AP Literature and Composition Class. “There was a great deal of energy visible in the room,” he said, “the students were engaged and participating in a way one does not always see. They were pushed and supported to go outside their comfort zones, open to discussing and debating without a fear of being wrong. I left that observation wanting to be a student in this class.”
Ms. Bordes is following in the footsteps of fellow MHS teacher and Band Director Andrew Forster who was named the 2016 Kennebec County teacher of the year. “I feel really lucky to work with people I really like spending time with,” said Ms. Bordes. “I’m really just representing a great group of unique, loyal, devoted teachers who I get to collaborate with every day.” Ms. Bordes lives in Rome with her husband and 3 sons.