BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club awarded its 14th annual Golden Apple Award to Mount Desert Island High School teacher Megan McOsker. McOsker is the school’s gifted and talented coordinator. She also teaches computer science and coaches the robotics team.
Club member Lisa Horsch Clark presented the award at an MDI High School assembly last week, noting it was hard to select just one teacher from the many outstanding teachers on MDI.
Community member and former club member Nicole Ouellette nominated McOsker, and many others sent letters of support.
“She has a way of looking at each individual student and discovering exactly what makes them who they are,” one letter said. “From there, she strives to help them discover and use their talents to the fullest potential. It is refreshing to see somebody care about her students so much and treat them as they should be: as people with the innate ability to learn and grow, and she is able to provide them the guidance they need to become the best people they can be.”
“She not only guides her students through high school education, she walks with us every step of the journey,” a student wrote. “Our struggles are her struggles, and our triumphs are her triumphs. She pushes us to take every academic inkling and expand them into real pursuits; she opens doors to new opportunities and inspires with her unique charisma. Without her, my peers and I would not have been able to experience robotics at an international level, learn about sentiment analysis in data mining, perform research on the frontier of biological science, and a multitude of other amazing things.”
Each year, the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club selects one outstanding educator from the MDI Regional School System based on community and administrator nominations. The winner receives a $1,000 honorarium. The club already is taking nominations for the 2019 award. Visit www.mdirotary.org/