Teacher who won USD 1M accused of shoplifting USD 14.99 blouse

Edgecomb (US): An English teacher from Maine who won the USD one million Global Teacher Prize last year has been accused of shoplifting a blouse worth USD 14.99.

Nancie Atwell is founder of The Centre for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb. She was selected from 1,300 applicants from 127 countries at a ceremony in Dubai with former President Bill Clinton in attendance. She said the money will go toward school improvements.

The Portland Press Herald reports security personnel saw Atwell browsing through a Damariscotta store March 28. The security officers say she removed the blouse from a hanger, rolled it up and placed it in a bag she was carrying.

Atwell says it was a misunderstanding. She says she had returned another item and took the blouse in exchange. She’s scheduled in court next month on a misdemeanour theft charge.