Get to know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Nena Cunningham

Nena Cunningham

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

What are your roles with DOE?

My role as the Head Start State Collaboration Director is to assure state agencies and policies align to support our Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the state.  I am also leading the department’s efforts to create a Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework to support districts as they work with families in their schools and communities.

What do you like best about your job?

The best part of my job is that no two days are the same!  I get to meet and work with people from across Maine, New England and across the country, and share my passion for Head Start!

How or why did you decide on this career?

I have worked in local Head Start programs my entire adult career.  When this position opened up, it seemed to be a natural fit!  Working with vulnerable young children and their families has been my focus throughout my educational journey.  Watching infants, toddlers and their families grow is my absolute favorite part of my career!

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

Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family and friends.  My husband and I have two (not so small anymore) boys who keep us on our toes!  I enjoy spending time “upta” camp and just being outdoors!