Get to Know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Emily Poland

Maine DOE team member Emily Poland is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the Maine DOE  Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Emily in this brief question and answer.

What are your roles with DOE?

Officially my role as School Nurse Consultant is to provide state-level leadership and professional development to school nurses. I also liaison with organizations that are involved with Comprehensive School Health and Nursing, and inform the public of rules and statutes related to school health services.

What do you like best about your job?

What I love most about my job is working directly with nurses from all over the state. School nurses can sometimes feel pretty isolated as they are frequently the only healthcare professional in a school. Being able to connect with them and connect them to each other is very rewarding as they support all of our Maine students.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I started working in a hospital setting as an RN many years ago and gave school nursing a try because I wanted a change. School nursing is such a unique profession and I haven’t looked back since. Having the opportunity to work at the state level to promote best practices, plan professional development, advocate for safe and competent care for all students has been an amazing challenge.

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

I enjoy  time with my family, knitting, reading, gardening, and spending outside in our beautiful state.

Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Danielle Saucier

Maine DOE team member Danielle (Dee) Saucier is being highlighted this week in the Get to Know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Dee in the question and answer below.

What are your roles with DOE?

After 25 years as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist and coach in the public school system I decided to give the Maine DOE a try. In 2017 I joined the department as the Elementary Literacy Specialist and Aroostook County Representative. I have the great honor of supporting educators across the state in areas related to Elementary Literacy. This includes a wide range of opportunities from the K for ME pilot curriculum, to the Grade 1 MOOSE module team and supports for the English Language Arts and Literacy Standards. I have also served as the Regional Representative for Aroostook County, an opportunity through which I’ve had the great honor of visiting schools in the County and meeting many of the educators that support students and communities in the northern most part of our state.

What do you like best about your job?

The best parts of my job are the opportunities that allow and encourage me to continue to learn new information each and every day and interact with educators to learn, grow and share. Education is an ever changing field and I am challenged to stay current with my knowledge by reading, researching and most importantly learning from the knowledge of the people I work with.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I always knew I was going to be a teacher – my mother was a teacher and we worked toward getting our graduate degrees in literacy together. I watched the impact that she had on students for more than 40 years in education and can only hope my impact is comparable. I am proud to say that my daughter has followed in my tradition and is currently starting her 2nd year as a teacher.

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

I enjoy cooking and spending time with my husband and two adult daughters. The physical distancing of the past 6 months presented many struggles but one silver lining for me was the fact that my grown family was brought together in one home for a few unexpected bonus weeks with lots of family dinners and time to hang out.

Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Cristy Osier

Maine DOE Team member Cristy Osier is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Cristy in the question and answer below.

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Management Analyst II for the ESEA Federal Programs team. I review and manage Title reimbursement requests from school districts state wide to ensure Federal and State compliance. My additional contributions include, but not limited to, managing the ESEA website and being the teams Advantage guru.

What do you like best about your job?

Working/collaborating with my ESEA team/family both in the department and in the school districts across our beautiful state, as they are some of the most driven, professional, supportive, and caring individuals.

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

Exploring and experiencing the world with my children.

Get to Know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Shawn Lagasse

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

What are your roles with DOE?

My role in the Department is a Data Specialist for the Career Technical Education (CTE) Team. This role includes analyzing secondary data for both federal and state reporting requirements. One of my several other duties is to assist CTE schools during their new program application process.

What do you like best about your job?

I find professional satisfaction in retooling methodologies to lessen obstacles for our CTE schools while improving data accuracy.

How or why did you decide on this career?

Since I am a product of a CTE education and my college degrees are related to applied hands-on education, it felt like these attributes paired well with my 20+ years of real-world experiences with this opportunity.

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

Oh, I enjoy the typical activities most others do when away from the office.  A spirited match of badminton is a delightful way to pass the time.

Get to Know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Jonathan Graham

Maine DOE Team member Jonathan Graham is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Jonathan in the question and answer below.

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Elementary Digital Learning Specialist on the MLTI Team within the Office of Innovation.  I work with educators around the best ways to implement technology into their schools and classrooms.  I also work to provide guidance around digital learning through different DOE initiatives and through organizations like ACTEM and MASL.  Building a connection with MASL and School Librarians over the past year has been a rewarding addition to my job.

What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy visiting schools, where I can learn from staff and students.  Seeing and celebrating their successes is invigorating.  Most recently working on MLTI 2.0 has been a highlight since MLTI completely changed my career trajectory during my student teaching.

How or why did you decide on this career?

My mother was middle school teacher and gave me the advice of becoming an ed tech as a college student to gain perspective on career in education.  I have been fortunate to work in a wide variety of roles within several school systems.  I fell in love with technology integration during my student teaching and never looked back.  A position at the Maine DOE allows me to continue growing as an educator while giving back to my profession.

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

I am married (to a teacher) and have two middle schoolers and we enjoy day trips that involve cultural and outdoor activities and usually some tasty food.  I also love to cook and particularly enjoy learning about new cuisines and dishes.  I also enjoy podcasts – it’s a great way to learn while doing housework or driving.