The 2022 Nomination forms are open!
Deadline is May 1st

Annual Award for ExcellenceNewcomers Award                               


Awarded to two members of the Maine STEM Partnership Community at each year’s fall summit 

Award Criteria:

  • They exhibit and promote commitment to the values, vision, and goals of the Maine STEM Partnership community.
  • They create an environment that fosters creativity, develops, empowers, engages, challenges, and motivates their students and/or colleagues.
  • They model the highest standards of professionalism, commitment, integrity, and accountability in their own work.
  • Their positive impact on STEM education is exceptional and they are boldly moving the field forward in a specific area or motivating change beyond their own classroom (school/district, community, state, national).


Awarded to one member of the Maine STEM Partnership within their first 5 years of teaching. 

Why is this person an outstanding educator? Please share evidence about what makes them stand out as an early-career educator. 



Our work will be guided and informed by our commitments to:

           Access – We will work to engage, value, and support all educators and learners to help meet their specific needs.

          Research - We will model and inform professional learning at all levels by research-guided best practices.

          Respect - We will maintain a learner-centered environment in which participants’ time and professional expertise are valued.

          Community - We will promote and sustain a diverse and collaborative professional community. 


Jim Fratini (2019)

Jim is a middle school science teacher at Hermon Middle School in Hermon, Maine. Jim is currently a Co-PI on the STEM+C project exploring how to integrate computer science into science instruction at the middle school level. He is also a mentor for the NSF Teaching Fellowship supporting early career secondary STEM teachers and has mentored many student teachers. He has been an active member of the middle school science resource community for several years piloting new resources, developing embedded assessments, and leading trainings for new teachers.

Kirsten Gould (2019)

Kirsten is currently a district literacy coach for SAD 6 in Buxton, ME and previously spent several years as an elementary level teacher. She joined our community at the start of the Maine Elementary Science Partnership and served as a Science Resource Partner throughout the project, leading professional learning for teachers in her district around the topics of productive talk, writing in science, and strategies for supporting higher order thinking. She continued in this role after the project ended becoming a leader in the development and facilitation of the Assessment FOR Learning series and has presented this work at the National Science Teachers Association national conference. In 2018, Kirsten received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.