Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Katherine Warren

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

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Education Data Systems Manager. As EDSM I am a member of the School Finance and Operations Team and the Data Team. I oversee the operations of our MEDMS Help Desk, our Quality Assurance Staff and our education data systems, primarily NEO & Synergy, but also other systems DOE has that use the data we collect form our schools.  In addition to that I manage DOE’s relationship with our DOE OIT (Office of Information Technology) Application Development group and our Student Information Systems vendors. It is my responsibility to prioritize the IT work being done for the Department and to see that our data systems are meeting the needs of the Department.

What do you like best about your job?

My favorite aspect of my job is getting things to “run right”. 😊 I am really happy to combine my experience with information systems with my passion for education. Prior to joining DOE I spent 20 years as the School Business manager for RSU 8 – Vinalhaven.

I love the opportunity to support and design systems that support us working together for families, schools & communities and the most responsible and effective use of taxpayer dollars. It’s also amazingly fun to get to join folks here at DOE that I have worked with from the field for all these years. I really enjoy having the chance to interact with all different teams across DOE and OIT and to work with so many other people to align all of our work.

How or why did you decide on this career?

Education is the thing that, if you do it right for people, it will  bubble up positively through every other aspect of our lives, our families, communities, culture & world so I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in changing the world for good every day and supporting people who are doing the same thing (and no I’m not exaggerating 😊 my team will tell you I really AM that much of an optimist !)

I began my career as a Deposit Operations manager for KeyCorp here in Augusta and had the opportunity to do a great deal of project management, business analysis, and call center-customer service work. After that I spent a short time as the Admissions, Billing and Switchboard Operations Manager for Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. When my family and I moved to Vinalhaven in 1998, during the Ice Storm 😊, they were looking for a School Business Manager and my career in education began. I come from a family of teachers, and married to one, so Education has always been the “family business”. For 15 years I got to go to school everyday with my husband and both my kids!

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

I love to spend as much time as possible with my kids and my family and friends, reading good books, enjoying good food, and making music. I have been involved in choral singing my whole life and always enjoy the opportunity to make music and enjoy music in as many ways as possible. I also love to explore, not necessarily far away, to see new things, follow new roads, try new foods or new experiences and just learn new stuff.