Adriane Ackroyd, Maine Department of Education’s Food Service Program Coordinator is the Maine Department of Education’s Employee of the Week. Get to know a little more about Adriane through the brief question and answer:
Q: What are your roles with DOE?
A: I am the Summer Food Service Program Coordinator for Department of Education Child Nutrition. I also assist Walter Beesley, the Director, with his duties, as well as monitor other United States Department of Agriculture programs that operate in Maine schools.
Q: What do you like best about your job?
A: I am a people person, so enjoy any opportunity I have to work with others, whether that is through training or program outreach. I also enjoy seeing our school nutrition programs and Summer programs shine. It brings me so much joy to see others succeed.
Q: How or why did you decide on this career?
A: I am a food loving Registered Dietitian and have a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition. I have always been drawn to community work and feel that what we can accomplish through the Department of Education can have huge impacts on the health of Maine children.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
A: I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband, Kyle, and our 3 year old son, Cove. I’m an amateur vegetable gardener who (sometimes frustratingly) enjoys coming up with creative ways to grow food on a wooded plot of land. I also enjoy coming up with creative ways to cook said harvest. To blow off steam, I love a good run, or really any exercise that gets those feel good endorphins flowing.