Brownell and Thompson Awards

Jeff Shedd, Elaine Brownell, Becky Swift, Rosemary Ginn, Mary Dulac, Haley Thompson, and Tim Thompson celebrate after the award ceremony.

The Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the recipients of both the Brownell Award and Thompson Awards for Cape educators. The Thompson Award, named in honor of Timmy Thompson, celebrates a member of the Cape Elizabeth school community who has gone above and beyond for students. Our annual Brownell Award, in honor of retired CEHS teacher Elaine Brownell, celebrates an outstanding grant from the previous year.

Literacy Collections – Helping At-Risk Readers” was this year’s recipient of the Brownell Award and was presented to Mary Dulac, Becky Swift, and Rosemary Ginn for their innovative and adaptive grant to help Pond Cove’s students. The change from in-person to remote learning in Spring 2020 meant Pond Cove’s most vulnerable readers weren’t getting as many “new-to-them” books for frequent reading practice, and Pond Cove’s literacy team was concerned that reading wouldn’t continue over the Summer. With a CEEF grant, twenty-four book bags, consisting of twelve books each, were assembled and distributed to students for Summer reading.  Making sure these students had multiple, “just right” books to practice with over the summer meant better preparation for the Fall and showcased the team’s dedication and adaptability for their students.

This year’s Thompson Award went to former CEHS Principal Jeff Shedd, a leader, innovator, and advocate for teachers and students for 20 years.  Shedd was a steady leader for CEHS, whose tenure oversaw many changes in the school and administration, and was highly regarded by educators across the three schools. As one award nomination stated, Shedd’s “greatest attribute is that he has never shown himself to be satisfied with any single achievement, nor deterred by any failure or negative event.” Shedd clearly exemplifies the attributes of the award as an educator who consistently went above and beyond for the entire district. 


Brownell Award

The Brownell Award, named in honor of retired high school mathematics teacher Elaine Brownell. This award recognizes a faculty member who did an outstanding job implementing a CEEF grant during the prior year.

2020 “Finding Perfect” CEMS Read-Along (Jill Young) and Inspired Spaces (Hope Taylor)
2019 Summer Exploration (Joyce Nadeau, Courtney Ferrell)
2018 CEHS TV
2017 Sexual Assault Awareness for Everyone
2016  Freshman Academy
2015  Middle School Library and Learning Commons
2014  Betsy Nilsen
2013  Cameron Rosenblum

2012  Susan Dana
2011  Ginger Raspiller
2010  Gretchen McNulty
2009  Rebecca Bean
2008  Debbie Butterworth/Tom Eismeier
2007  Tom Lizotte
2006  Evan Thayer


Thompson Award

This award was established by Tim and Nancy Thompson in memory of their son Timmy. This award honors a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond what is expected, providing a lasting and meaningful impact on Cape Elizabeth students. The Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation is pleased to give this award at the end of August each year. 

2020  Jill Young
2019  Amanda Marsden
2018  Tom Lizotte
2019  Ted Jordan
2016  David Brown
2015  Bri Gallagher
2014  Scott Shea
2013  Pam Vose
2012  Andrea Cayer

2011  Elaine Brownell
2010  John Casey
2009  Joe Doane
2008  Julie Tselikis
2007  Rick Madden
2006 Ben Raymond


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