Maine DOE team member Tracy Whitlock is being highlighted this week in the Department’s Get to know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Tracy in the brief question and answer below.
What are your roles with DOE?
I work in the Office of Special Services with special initiatives such as Math4ME, Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Dyslexia, the Special Services webpage and other projects that support districts, schools, special education teachers and students. Additionally, I assist with Special Purpose Private School monitoring and the Educational Surrogate Parent Program.
What do you like best about your job?
The Special Services team is a wonderful group of dedicated professionals and I love working with them. Since my role overlaps with other offices in the department I really enjoy getting to know and work with people from across the floor. So to sum it up, I guess what I like best is working with people!
How or why did you decide on this career?
Initially I was a classroom teacher and taught elementary grades in both parochial and public school settings. When my family moved to Nashville I pursued a graduate degree and started working in higher education. I taught a variety of teacher preparation coursework with a focus on literacy at the University of Louisiana Lafayette and Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. During my time in Ohio I had the opportunity to work in state government and found that while I missed working with children and young adults, I enjoyed supporting teachers, families and students throughout the state. I was thrilled when the chance to work at the Maine Department of Education became available after our move to Maine a year and a half ago.
What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
Spending time with my family, traveling (can’t wait to do that again!), reading and learning new things (I’m trying my hand at gardening right now).