Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Dan Chuhta

Dan Chuhta

Maine DOE team member Dan Chuhta is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to know the DOE Team campaign! Learn a little more about Dan in the brief question and answer below.

What are your roles with DOE?

I support the Commissioner in all aspects of the important work of the Department.  I work closely with office directors and the Commissioner’s Office staff to provide effective leadership and support to our colleagues both in the field and across the the Department.

What do you like best about your job?

The part I like the best is the fact that no two days are the same, and that I can go from discussing early childhood education in the morning to school bus purchasing in the afternoon, with perhaps school funding, certification, legislation, adult education, social emotional learning, and career and technical education in between.  I also enjoy the many opportunities to be out and about across the State, attending events that celebrate education, and collaborating with MDOE colleagues, as well others across state government, to support students, educators, and families in Maine.

How or why did you decide on this career?

Though I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, I didn’t realize that some day I would become Deputy Commissioner!  I thank the many teachers that I had, as well as the wonderful educators that I’ve had a chance to work alongside, for the inspiration, motivation and encouragement to continue doing important work in the name of public education!

What do you like to do outside of work for fun?

Being outside with my family!  Our two kids (fourth and eighth grade) are at super ages for doing many things all year round.  Some of our favorites include relaxing on the beach (preferably the ocean!), downhill skiing, running road races, travelling to see family (in many corners of the country) and visiting our beautiful State Parks!