Employee of the Week: Scott Brown

Scott Brown, Maine DOE Director of School Construction, School Security, and Student Transportation is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Scott in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Director of a team that includes School Construction, Safety and Security, and Student Transportation.  Within those program areas our team strives to align and support the values stated in the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the Department.  I also serve on the Department’s Leadership Team.

What do you like best about your job?

The planning and construction processes for a new Major Capital school project can easily take five or more years and watching the excitement of students, district staff, and community members when the facility is finally complete is always rewarding.  I also have thoroughly enjoyed working with the superintendents, principals, teachers, and community members in the process of planning and constructing over 100 Major Capital school projects across Maine.  I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to develop so many relationships with people dedicated to education both at the state and local level and for the experiences that have come with every project.

How or why did you decide on this career?

My education and training background is in architecture, engineering, and business.  After receiving my architect’s license I worked for a number of firms specifically on school and other larger public improvement projects in Maine and New Hampshire.  When an architect position was created in the Department in 1996 I knew that it was a position that I had a lot of interest in.  Since then I have been impressed and motivated by so many people committed to education here at the state level and I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here at the Department.