Get to know the DOE Team: Meet David Emberley

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

What are your roles with DOE?

I am currently the Due Process Consultant for the Special Services team in the Effective Dispute Resolution office.  I provide technical assistance to parents, advocates, district personnel and lawyers in understanding Maine Unified Special Education Regulation – Chapter 101, procedural safeguards and the mediation, complaint investigation and hearing processes available to the field.  I also monitor corrective action plans as indicated in complaint investigation reports and due process hearing decisions. I previously worked with the general supervision and special purpose private school teams monitoring special education programs.

What do you like best about your job?

The variety in job tasks and interactions with people in the special education field are what I like best about my job.  I also appreciate the support and interactions I have with others on the special services team.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I have been working in the field of special education for 30+ years.  In the beginning I was seeking the long holiday and summer breaks.

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

I spend time with family, exploring everything that Maine has to offer in outdoor recreation: walking, hiking, fishing, swimming, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, etc. I have lived in Maine for three years and I still feel like I am on a long summer/winter vacation.