Employee of the Week: Courtney Baehr

Maine DOE Certification Specialist Courtney Baehr is this week’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little bit more about Courtney in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I work in the Certification office and ensure that all educators are properly credentialed. My main focus is to review the background checks of all applicants to ensure it falls within state and federal policies. I have performed all jobs in the certification office and continue to assist the office regarding rule changes, implementing policies and procedures, and assisting to create the new credentialing system that will help the field in processing their credentials.

What do you like best about your job?

Knowing that I am protecting students and helping the educators obtain their credentials. The certification process can be confusing at times, and I love to help the educators walk through the process and explain the rules and laws that are involved with obtaining their credentials. I feel like I’ve done my job for the day if I am able to help an educator understand the process and leave them with a better understanding of how the laws work for each endorsement we offer. I always like to hear the “Ah ha!” moment when an educator finally understands the process. It makes it a good day.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I kind of fell into the Department initially when I transferred from Maine Revenue Services in 2008. I started working in Certification as an office associate and worked my way up to my current position. I have a customer service and military background with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from USM. Having spent 8 years in the US Coast Guard doing search and rescue and previous to that working in hotels for almost 10 years, my unique background not only helps me in my research performing background checks but also allows me to give the utmost customer service to the field. I’ve stayed in the office for so long because I truly believe in the effectiveness of the office and love that every day there is something new to learn.  As we’ve said for years, “there is never a dull moment in Certification”.

Maine Connections Academy Students Create Student Magazine

Magazine Cover for Maine Connections AcademySubmitted by John Spritz on behalf of Maine Connections Academy (MCA). 

Students who work with Mr. Chris Hoskins (a secondary English teacher) have published the school’s first student-written/student-designed magazine. It’s online of course, it’s called The Connector, and you can see it here.

The Connector has lots of links built into it, where students can access games, puzzles, study tips, movie reviews, and much more. It’s got articles on Maine ski destinations, study prep hints, favorite pets, and a lot more. For a school where students are in all 16 counties, where they see each other only on field trips and at graduation, The Connector is a brilliant way to bring people together and allow them to contribute and engage — online. And the fact that it’s student-built is what makes it all the better.

Monthly School Safety and Security Bulletin- April 2019

Throughout the 2018- 2019 school year, the Maine Department of Education, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Department of Health and Human Services, Maine State Police, Maine Sheriffs Association, Maine Chiefs of Police Association, and the Maine Emergency Management Agency will provide tips and resource information to Maine schools to help provide some guidance for identifying signs and preventing school violence.

School Safety and Security Bulletin  – March 2019

Further questions and inquiries can be send to Pat Hinckley, Maine DOE Transportation and Facilities Administrator at207-624-6886 or pat.hinckley@maine.gov. 

CTE Statewide Plan Development

The Maine Department of Education Career and Technical Education Team is currently developing a CTE Statewide Plan. This plan is being developed to address the requirements as part of the Carl D. Perkins federal funding that Maine receives to support CTE.  As part of developing this plan, we are holding regional stakeholder meetings throughout the state, in order to get feedback and input and to share some of the initiatives around Career and Technical Education. These meetings are open to the public and we welcome the opportunity to hear from many stakeholders.

The times and locations for all of the regional stakeholder meetings are as follows:

Tuesday April 23, 2019

United Technology Center; Bangor, Maine

From: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Westbrook Regional Vocational Center; Westbrook, Maine

From: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday April 25, 2019

Capital Area Technical Center; Augusta, Maine

From: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 1, 2019

Caribou High School; Caribou, Maine

From: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dwight A. Littlefield, State Director for CTE, at dwight.a.littlefield@maine.gov.



Lewiston Adult Education Construction Students Build Their Futures Together

Tony Gulley – student in the program.

Students in Lewiston Adult Education’s Construction Training Program measured and cut wood last month as part of their hands-on work.

The wood framing marked a first project to prepare them for entry-level jobs in construction. The integrated training also includes work experience, case management, and job coaching of students.

Charles Outten, Michael Gibson, and Tony Gulley – students in Lewiston Adult Education’s Construction Training Program.

Students who complete the program will transition to on-the-job training and full-time employment. Employees of local construction companies have made presentations in class about the kind of work they do and what they are looking for in new hires.

Graduates will receive a WorkReady credential, OSHA 10 certification, a National Center for Construction Education and Research and a Renovation credential as well as a Renovation, Repair and Painting credential.

Charles Outten – student in the program.

The Construction Training Program is a partnership with the Lewiston CareerCenter, Western Maine Community Action, the John T. Gorman Foundation, Community Concepts, the city of Lewiston, Youthbuild Goodwill Northern New England Take 2 and FedCap. This year’s employer partners include Northeast Painting & Coating, Hahnel Brothers Company, Consigli Construction, H.E. Callahan, and St. Laurent and Son Excavation, Inc.