Title II Program Coordinator Shelly Chasse-Johndro is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to Know the DOE Team campaign! Learn a little more about Shelly in the brief question and answer below.
What are your roles with DOE?
I am the Title II Program Coordinator and the State Ombudsman on the Elementary and Second Education Act (ESEA) team. My role within the team is to manage local funding allocations and the Title II programming for districts and schools. Our team also ensures continuous state oversight, support and technical assistance for districts and schools, and assists districts and schools in serving eligible students and implementing effective programs. In my role as the state ombudsman, I serve as the SEA’s primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from private school officials and LEAs regarding the provision of equitable services under Titles I and VIII; and monitor and enforce the equitable services.
What do you like best about your job?
The best part of my job is supporting districts and schools that are of putting students first in public education along with engaging and collaborating with the department’s dedicated and energetic staff.
How or why did you decide on this career?
At my kindergarten graduation, my career goal was to become a teacher! So, at a very young age I knew that I wanted to be in education. I began my career overseeing the day-to-day operations and supervising employees for a National Professional Development Title III grant at the University of Maine, then moved into a position focused on state approval and CAEP accreditation for the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF). With over a decade and a half with the University of Maine System, I transitioned into the Title II Program Coordinator at the Maine Department of Education for a new challenge and outlook.
What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
It’s all about my FAMILY! My husband of 15 years, 7 year old daughter, and 3 year old Moyen Poodle keep us all busy with sports, swimming, and playing outside.