Lori Croman Recipient of MEA Joan McGovern Award

By Dorothy Johnson


On Monday, April 7, the staff, faculty and administration of Woodland Jr./Sr. High School held a celebration to honor former Dragon Lori Croman.  Mrs. Croman has worked in the Woodland School system for more than twenty years as an education technician at both the elementary school and the Jr./Sr. high school. A few months ago, she was nominated by her colleague, Becky Varnum, to be considered for the 2014 MEA Joan McGovern Education Support Professional (ESP) Award. Ms. Varnum recognized Lori’s outstanding accomplishments and contributions to ESPs in public education.  Principal Pat Metta, Assistant Principal Chuck Noyes and teacher Myra Sears supported the nomination with letters explaining why they considered her an exemplary candidate for this award.  Last week the school was notified that she was chosen as the 2014 recipient of the award. Mrs. Croman was notified at a staff gathering on April 7th.

“This highly prestigious award is presented in memory of Joan McGovern, a long-time association activist from Portland who championed the role of Education Support Professionals within the MEA. Over the years, Joan McGovern’s memory has lived on in growing respect, responsibility and contribution to Educational Support Professionals throughout the State of Maine.  It is in her honor that the MEA recognize gifted professionals who carry on the standards that she modeled and who uphold the level of excellence characteristics of past recipients,” announced Woodland Education Association President Steve Knowles.

The official award presentation will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly in May.  Mrs Croman will represent Maine at the annual National Education Association ESP Conference next year and will be nominated for consideration of the NEA ESP Award. Each year at this conference, one ESP receives the NEA ESP of the Year Award in recognition to their schools, communities and profession.  This honored person serves as an ambassador for ESP around the country while they promote the value of ESP at national and state conferences.  This award showcases one outstanding support professional while it both recognizes and honors the contribution to all public schools that ESPs make year-around.

For Woodland, Lori has worked in special education within our schools for 24 years.  She has worked at both schools and at all levels Pre-K through grade 12. She is a dedicated professional and takes pride in her work.  Mrs. Croman is very professional, consistent, maintains high standards for her students and is dedicated and committed to the teaching profession.  Lori is also very active in our community; she is active in her church, the food pantry, community celebrations, parades, the public library, Special Olympics, Life Smart Competition, Education Boosters, fundraisers and Project Graduation among other community events.  She is also determined and dedicated to life long learning by constantly improving her education with the expectation of finishing her Bachelor’s Degree requirements in Special Education.  Congratulations, Lori.