Get to know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Debbie Violette

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

What are your roles with DOE? 

My job is to greet the public with a smile and gratitude, provide customer service to the public, scan home school applications, collect daily education news clips for Department staff, answer the Department’s 4-line switchboard, and direct our customers to the specialists that will best answer their questions. I also receive shipping and deliveries, maintain conference rooms, and have served as MSECCA (Maine State Employee’s Combined Charitable Appeal) Team leader for the past 15 years.

What do you like best about your job?

Decorating our lobby to make it a warm and inviting place for our public and the best place to work in Maine.  I’m a people person and love the days that are super busy, learning more and more about myself and the confidence that I have when answering questions after being here almost 32 years.

How or why did you decide on this career?

My mom was an educator in the Augusta School Dept. for 25 years and taught 2nd grade.  She held a regular education degree, but taught several levels of reading to the individuals with disabilities, too. I was always in her classroom during school summer breaks helping her get ready for the next group of young children to enter her door. I never realized that I had chosen this career in my early years of high school when I took all 4 years of business classes for secretarial work.  So here I am doing what my high school prepared me for: an administrative assistant for the Maine DOE, the way learning should be.

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

I like gardening, decorating my home, camping, knitting, swimming, bowling, and cooking.  I like to take a recipe and make it my own and I like knitting for charity events such as the Alfond cancer center for chemo patients. I am also deacon and greeter of the Manchester Community Church.