Addressing the Maine Teacher Shortage

Proximity Learning livestreams certified teachers into districts in pursuit of greater educational equity
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Learning Model Built for Student Success

Proximity Learning uses its Enriched Live Instruction Model (ELIM) to make sure that students in your district are getting that best instruction possible. The goal of ELIM is to stimulate a classroom environment through ALWAYS live instruction from a teacher via streaming video.

The Proximity Difference

Live, Synchronous Instruction
We livestream our certified virtual teachers right into your district classroom. Your dedicated team works with your district to fit with your school’s bell schedule and other needs.
Built by Educators for Educators
Our partnership directors are past superintendents, principals and teachers who understand the harm that long-term vacancies can have on students.
Certified Teachers
Proximity Learning teachers are not only certified, background checked, and experienced, but they're also trained in our Enriched Live Instruction Model (ELIM) to ensure they’re dynamic, engaging, and caring.
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Teacher Shortage in Maine

Maine is facing critical teacher shortages, especially in the rural areas of the state. When districts cannot find qualified teachers, they hire long-term substitutes and uncertified instructors to fill classes. A report from the University of Maine says, “The quality and breadth of the academic program available to students may also be diminished when schools cannot find teachers to offer certain courses or curricula. Larger class sizes or a lack of high-quality teachers may make it more difficult for students to achieve proficiency on state learning standards.”

In April 2021, Frontline Education surveyed 1,200 district leaders to discover that two out of three respondents reported having teacher shortages in their schools. This is a record high since launching the survey in 2015.

Never Have Another Teacher Vacancy in ME

HR Backup Plan
Never have another teacher vacancy. Use our HR Backup Plan to ensure that when you can’t find a teacher, we will place a cutting-edge livestreamed teacher into your classroom.
Student Program
Expansion
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
High-Dosage
Tutoring
Data-driven entrance and exit benchmarks to get students ready for what’s next.
Virtual School
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
HR Backup Plan
Never have another teacher vacancy. Use our HR Backup Plan to ensure that when you can’t find a teacher, we will place a cutting-edge livestreamed teacher into your classroom.
Student Program
Expansion
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
High-Dosage
Tutoring
Data-driven entrance and exit benchmarks to get students ready for what’s next.
Virtual School
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
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Meet Your State Representative!
Suzanne Rickard
Director of School Partnerships
Suzanne Rickard lives in Southern Maine with her husband and two older children. She has spent over 22 years in the education technology business, providing K-12 schools in New England with classroom solutions that both enhance student learning and teacher’s instruction. Suzanne spent her first years as an education specialist, providing customized teacher trainings and alignments to curriculum standards. Suzanne later emerged into a more consultative role, providing a host of education technology solutions to meet the diverse learning needs of students and classroom management needs of educators. Suzanne prides herself on not only getting to know her customers’ needs but also supporting them to be sure they are using any program to meet their goals. On the weekends, Suzanne enjoys the beautiful landscape of New England and can often be found hiking, biking, and gardening.

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Increasing Equity Across the Country
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