Thursday MAMLE Keynote Announced

Our theme this year is “Filling Our Cups.” We recognize that in 2019, between changing policies, administration, trends, and students, sometimes we just need to remember to take care of ourselves to be the best teachers we can be. Our jobs as middle level educators are more complex than ever– sometimes we need to “refill our cups.” We also recognize that teaching is ultimately about relationships– if our students are not ready to learn emotionally, it is hard to motivate them to do so. One of the “16 Keys to Educating Young Adolescents” from This We Believe is that educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them. We need to refill our cups in order to help theirs overflow with positivity and engagement.

In addition to our traditional sessions that you have grown to expect from us– pedagogical and practical sessions rooted in middle level best practices that you can take back “to use Monday morning–” we will also have sessions focusing on mindfulness, strategies to avoid teacher burnout, and advice and Q&A sessions for administrators, new teachers, and experienced teachers. We also have sessions which will focus on social-emotional learning, multiculturalism, and “filling the cup” for our students.

With that, we are so excited to introduce our Thursday keynote speaker, Jamie Toohey, who will lead us through an “Adverse Childhood Experiences” ACEs workshop.

Jamie Toohey is the Instructional Coach at Oxford Hills Middle School in South Paris, Maine and has been teaching in SAD#17 for 14 years.  Prior to making the jump into education, Jamie was a Commercial Lending Analyst with General Motors working in Atlanta, Rochester, and Philadelphia.

Jamie holds a BS from the University of Georgia and both a Master’s degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine.  Jamie is also a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a Kripalu Yoga in the Schools certified instructor.  Last summer, Jamie had the pleasure of spending a week in New York with other educators from around the globe at the C.A.R.E. retreat (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators)  in which she grew her social and emotional awareness to better serve herself and her school community.Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 10.16.10 AM

Two years ago Jamie was approached by the Oxford County Resiliency Project to champion resiliency efforts at Oxford Hills Middle School.  Since then, Jamie has joined forces with the Maine Resiliency Building Network (MRBN) to help spread the word throughout Oxford County about the impact of adverse childhood experiences and the power that resilience can offer.

Present at MAMLE 2019!

Have a great lesson or unit? Want to share what you learned from your recent grad degree? Passionate about teaching at the middle level? Share your expertise!

We are looking for middle level teachers and administration to present at this year’s MAMLE conference, October 17th-18th at Point Lookout, ME. Our theme this year is “Filling the Cup.”

Presentations can be but are not limited to:

  • How to manage teacher stress and avoid burn out
  • What “fills you” and inspires you about middle level education; inspiring messages
  • Creative and innovative content
  • Encouraging positive student-teacher relationships and teacher-administrator relationships
  • Educational trends
  • Positive leadership
  • Technology integration
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Teaming and coaching
  • The arts and physical education
  • Pedagogical approaches that WORK
  • Teaching students of rural poverty
  • Multicultural education
  • Empathetic teaching

Fill out our Intent to Present form by June 1st, 2019! 

Nominate for a MAMLE award!

We are currently accepting nominations and self-nominations for all MAMLE awards. The deadline for all nominations is June 1, 2019.

Every year, we give out a variety of MAMLE teacher awards.

The Janet Nesin Reynolds Outstanding Educator award highlights an experienced (3+ years) educator who has contributed to the middle level field at large.

The Promising Middle Level Educator award celebrates a relatively new teacher (preservice teacher- 3 years experience) teaching with exemplary techniques and results at the middle level.

The Exemplary Practice award celebrates an individual or team that showcases innovative and effective middle level techniques in their classroom.

We accept self nominations as well as nominations of colleagues! We encourage students and/or adminstration to nominate teachers as well.

Find out more and find the links for awards here:

First 175 Registrants Receive Free Book!

The registrations are starting to come in– for our 30th anniversary as an organization, we’ve made some awesome updates!

Look into our new and updated Core Beliefs in our Core Beliefs tab, and don’t forget to register for this year’s MAMLE conference! We are excited to announce that for our 30th anniversary, we will be giving out FREE copies of AMLE’s This We Believe to the first 175 registrants!

Register at or check out our registration tab for more ways to register!

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Registration now open for MAMLE 2018!

We are so excited to have such an amazing lineup of breakout sessions, keynotes, and featured sessions for our 30th anniversary.

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To thank you all for 30 years of dedication to the middle level, we are offering a FREE copy of This We Believe to our first 175 registrants! Register today via Eventbrite: or fill out this registration form!

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Our keynote presenters for 2018 include Dr. Monte Selby and Explo, a hands-on exploration team providing project-based learning experiences! A special performance by MTOY 2018 Kaitlyn Young and her middle school students will follow her featured session on Friday! Don’t miss this awesome conference. Come home to MAMLE!

Keynotes for 2018

Monte Selby and Explo will be leading our keynotes for 2018! Join us at the 30th annual MAMLE conference as Monte kicks off the conference discussing “Coming Home to the Middle.” The Explo team will then lead us through an interactive keynote session on Friday afternoon about best practices in hands-on teaching approaches.

We will also be hosting Kaitlin Young, the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year! Kaitlin is a music teacher at SeDaMoCha, and will be leading a featured session on Friday morning. She will also be bringing her students to perform for us on Friday during lunch– get ready to be wowed!

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Interested in presenting yourself among these rockstars? Fill out our Intent to Present form today!


Conference Schedule 2018

The 2018 MAMLE Conference Schedule is here! Join us for our 30th anniversary as an organization. It’s going to be awesome!

Thursday, October 18

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Opening Session

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Monte Selby

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Session A

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session B

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Dessert, Exhibit Area

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Session C

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Bowling Social


Friday, October 19

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Session D

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee break in Exhibit Area

*Point Lookout’s cabin check-out by 10:30

10:05 – 11:00 a.m. Session E

11:15 – 12:15 a.m. Session F

12:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Keynote Presentation

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Session