Get to know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Deqa Dhalac

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

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Family Engagement and Cultural Responsiveness Specialist.

Studies show that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, social skills, reduces absenteeism, and restores parent trust in their schools.

What do you like best about your job?

I like the team that I work with. They are a group of people who cares about education and educators in way that is based on professionalism and integrity. I am lucky to be part of this team.

How or why did you decide on this career?

Previously I worked for the City of Portland’s Social Services Division, Refugees Services Program as a Human Services Councilor. Prior to that I worked for the City of Portland Public Health Division Minority Health Program as a community health outreach worker, The Center for Grieving Children as the Intercultural Program Manager, and The Opportunity Alliance as a South Portland Schools Community Builder. All of these jobs were based on education. I value and LOVE education, so when I saw this job I immediately applied knowing that I can bring to the table the passion and the experience that I have for education and I was lucky enough to be chosen.

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

For the limited time availability that I have, I love to give back to the community by volunteering as much as can, I also love to cook and spend time with my family and friends.