Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Rachel Paling

Maine DOE team member Rachel Paling is being highlighted as part of the Get to know the DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Rachel in the brief question and answer below.

What are your roles with DOE?

As the Communications and Outreach Manager for the Maine DOE, I collect and share the good news and successes of Maine’s schools through story telling, videos, photos and more in an effort to highlight the great things happening every day in school communities across the state. As a member of the Communications Team, I also help with many other communications projects such as graphics, videos and the website, in addition to administering the Student Cabinet, a new initiative this year.

What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy connecting with schools to help share their story, getting to know them, and what makes them unique, different, and special, yet similar all at once. It is a joy to be able to help highlight the good things happening in education in Maine and I feel lucky to get to do it. As a creative person, I also really enjoy the challenge of illustrating a story whether that be through a series of pictures, a news article, a graphic, or a video.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I’m definitely not one of those people who went to school knowing exactly what job they wanted to have. I wish I was! My professional career has been a natural progression toward communications, marketing, and creativity. I’ve held jobs in higher education, federal government, and now state government doing communications work and I find it to be both rewarding and satisfying – but busy!

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

I am a wife and mother of two young children which keeps me pretty busy, especially during a pandemic! We also have a puppy which adds an extra layer of love and responsibility. Aside from that, I like to be outdoors when it is nice, I love running, cooking, and I have recently gotten into listening to podcasts.