Maine teacher who won $1M award accused of shoplifting

Maine teacher who won $1M award accused of shoplifting

A teacher from Edgecomb, who was awarded a million dollar prize last year, has been charged with shoplifting, a spokesperson for the Damariscotta Police Department has confirmed.

According to Damariscotta police, Nancie Atwell was issued a summon last week on a charge of shoplifting by unauthorized taking. The female educator is accused of pinching a blouse from Reny’s store in Damariscotta on March 28, 2016.

Atwell allegedly removed a white blouse from a rack of the store, rolled it up and put it inside a large bag that she was carrying at the time. An employee at Reny’s told investigators that she left the store without paying for the blouse.

She claimed that it was just a misunderstanding because she had returned the blouse for another item, though she admitted that she did not go through the proper channels.

Defending herself, Atwell said, “She had said that she had returned it for another item; she had returned a size 12 for a size 14 shirt. She was apologetic that she returned it. She didn’t go through the proper channels. But at no point did I see that she had returned anything.”

Atwell, who teaches at the Center for Teaching & Learning in Edgecomb, was awarded with the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teachers Award in March 2015. She was selected from nearly 1,300 educators from more than 125 countries.

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