Over the past year and a half, Maine teachers and school systems have really had their work cut out for them as the COVID-19 pandemic has created turmoil in a variety of areas.

Maine teachers and educators have really stepped up their game dealing with remote learning, masks in classrooms, and schedules that can change at a moment's notice.  It's a tough gig, so it's nice to recognize someone who can do it with a smile.

Today, the Maine Department of Education Teacher's Program has named Kelsey Stoyanova, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at the Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden the 2022 Maine Teacher of the Year.

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To make it even more special the honor was announced in front of her coworkers and students during a surprise event today at Reeds Brook Middle School, according to the Maine Department of Education.  The Reeds Brook Middle School is part of RSU 22.

How cool that must have been!

Earlier this year our brand new Teacher of the Year was selected from a pool of hundreds of Maine teachers, and she was then eventually named one of three state finalists before officially becoming the 2022 Maine Teacher of the Year.

Kelsey Stoyanova is also currently working towards her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Maine.

"It is because of our stories and the strength we have as a whole, the drive to do what’s best for students and the resilience of our students that education in Maine should be celebrated today and every day,” said Stoyanova.

HOUSE FOR SALE: Be The Bush's Neighbor In This Home In Kennebunkport

Buy this home and then keep up with the neighbors in one of Maine's most exclusive summer neighborhoods.

This five-bedroom four-bath home is located at 271 Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport just down the road from the Bush compound on Walker's Point. Buy it for $9.25 million, and then just imagine taking the dog out for a walk some summer morning and crossing paths with former President George W. Bush, your new neighbor.

There is no doubt that you'd experience the coast of Maine at its finest as you would own this classic Cape Cod-style home on 1.6 acres of land with 200 feet of coastline.

The place comes with a swimming pool that overlooks the ocean and you'd have your own tennis court to enjoy.

The home is listed by Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty and you can find out more on Zillow.com.

Stay In This Maine Airbnb Complete With A Caboose

This train is going nowhere and that's all right with us.

Wow, take a peek at this Airbnb listed at $140 a night in Knox, right down the road in Waldo County. This cool and unique little setting featuring a cabin and caboose is located on farmland and can sleep up to 8 people. With 3 bedrooms and two baths, it's listed at $140 a night and looks like it would be a whole lot of fun.

The caboose itself was a working train car and part of the Maine Central Railroad up until 1992. Just imagine the train workers that stayed within it and the miles that it racked up all across Maine.

How could you not love a stay where chances are that you may interact with an emu and a Great Pyrenees Belly dog?

And the caboose looks to come in real handy if you have kids, who can sleep there while you have the cabin all to yourselves!

95% of the guests that have stayed here have given it a 5-star rating so sign us up! Let's take a peek.