Cindy Soule has taught for twenty-one years at the Gerald E. Talbot Community School. Soule’s passion for the natural world is evident in her teaching. She grounds learning in real world contexts and encourages students to construct scientific understanding through questioning, investigation, observation and collaborative thinking. Through inquiry, discourse, and activism Soule empowers students to see themselves as meaningful contributors to their community. Soule holds a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Maine at Orono. A 2020 Fund for Teachers Fellow, 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year, and 2021 Maine Teacher of the Year, 2022 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching she looks forward to continuing to advocate for the critical importance of integrated elementary science and literacy.