Maine DOE team member Erin Reinhard is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the Maine DOE Team.
What are your roles with DOE?
Certification Specialist, I evaluate applications for certification and support educators in the field.
What do you like best about your job?
I love e-mailing with educators. It is extremely gratifying to assist educators in finding the answer they are looking for, helping them complete a requirement, and most importantly letting them know they are certified. I send around 500 e-mails a week and I enjoyed every single one of them (I am not joking)!
How or why did you decide on this career?
I did not intend on this career pathway, but my favorite jobs were ones where you get to assist someone to completing a goal. Every day I get to help someone complete something they have been striving to attain, whether for a few months or for years. When they cross the finish line I am as happy for them as they are exciting to be done.
What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
I hate to say it, but my favorite thing to do is spoil my tiny white dog! He might argue that it is torture, please see picture for example.