Piscataquis Community High School is honored to say this year's winner is from their school.
Out of 300 teachers who were nominated Joseph Hennessey has officially been named Maine's 2019 teacher of the year.
"Somewhat surreal but it's a welcomed surprised," said Hennessey.
The teacher of the year program is a year-long process that involves educator portfolio and resume submitting, interviews, classroom visits, and oral presentations.
Mr. Hennessey's colleagues and state board education members shared speeches and praised his hard work and dedication to teaching, including last years winner Kaitlin Young.
"It is evident that he is invested in the success of each student in this entire community," said Young.
One student shared why Mr. Hennessey is his favorite teacher, and why he is proud of him for receiving this award.
"I would consider myself one of the closest students he's my favorite teacher and we can talk more on a personal level it feels like, or personal for him anyways. He's definitely going to have an impact on me for the rest of my life," said Ethan Chadwick, a senior at Piscataquis High School.
This is just the beginning for Mr. Hennessey he will be expected to represent the state at various events.
"It will require a change in perspective of broadening of scope for me in order to try and articulate the concerns not only of my own school community and my own students but also what sorts of issues are we facing at a statewide level," said Mr. Hennessey.
Although Mr. Hennessey knew earlier in the week that he had won he said it's still taking him a minute to soak it all in.
"I've been able to reflect on what the process has meant for me and what sort of personal and professional growth that it's presented me with, and it's really astounding what the last six months have been for me and I wouldn't trade them for anything," Hennessey said.