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Teacher Who Won $1M Award Accused of Stealing $15 Blouse

She says it was a misunderstanding
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 7, 2016 6:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – An English teacher from Maine who won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize last year has been accused of shoplifting a blouse worth $14.99, the AP reports. According to the Portland Press Herald, security personnel saw Nancie Atwell browsing through a Damariscotta store on 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 returned another item and took the blouse in exchange. She's scheduled in court next month on a misdemeanor theft charge.

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Atwell is the founder of the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, Maine. She was selected as the Global Teacher Prize winner from 1,300 applicants from 127 countries at a ceremony in Dubai with former President Bill Clinton in attendance. She said the money would go toward school improvements. (Read more shoplifting stories.)

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