Maine Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists 

The pool in the running for Maine Teacher of the Year has been narrowed to six semi-finalists. Gov. Paul LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen honored the group at a State House ceremony Thursday. The six include fifth-grade teacher Susan Carpenter O’Brien from George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden: fourth-grade teacher Mary Graziano from Hartland Consolidated School: and kindergarten teacher Suzen Polk-Hoffses from Milbridge Elementary School. The other three are Christiane Cullens, who teaches grades 10-12 at Mount Desert Island High School: Karen MacDonald, a sixth-and-seventh-grade teacher at King Middle School in Portland: Cynthia Raymond, a seventh-grade teacher at Hall-Dale Middle School in Farmingdale. All told 14 teachers were nominated. Winners will be announced later.