Employee of the Week: Trevor Burns

Student Data Coordinator, Trevor Burns is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Trevor in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Student Data Coordinator. I maintain student enrollment information to make sure there are no data anomalies within the system as well as to ensure all is accurate and correct. I also handle some reports done by the field throughout the year. Some of those reports include Graduation reporting, Quarterly Attendance reporting, October EPS reporting and Adult Education EF-M-39.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy seeing and learning more about the school system I grew up in myself. I am learning lots of things about schools and districts that I had only heard about growing up through my district of RSU 57. I actually didn’t know where most districts were even located in the state prior to starting at the MDOE.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I had just graduated from the University of Farmington with a degree in Actuarial Science. Looking for an internship; I had signed up for the Margaret Chase Smith Internship program, where they had selected me for a Data Analyst role. After spending some time in the internship, I had learned that I really enjoyed working with Data. Actuaries are known to work with and around data similar to data analysts, but the data analyst role focuses more primarily on the things I like; Data.

 

Employee of the Week: Eric Buckhalter

Assessment Team Office Associate, Eric Buckhulter is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Eric in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Office Manager, Management Analyst, and Web Content Editor for the Assessment team. I perform admin duties, process contracts, and manage the content available on the assessment team’s web pages.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy assisting teachers and superintendents when I’m given the opportunity. Anything I can do to make their day run a little smoother has the potential to have a positive impact on students, and that’s who we’re all here to serve.

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

Spending time with my family and friends, singing, travelling, acting, cooking, drawing, and looking for any unique opportunities to socialize.

Employee of the Week: Faith McLaughlin

Faith McLaughlin, Office Associate from the Career and Technical Education team, is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Faith in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I am part of the  Career & Technical Education Team.  I work in Advantage ME & Purchasing ME, a software for processing grants & contracts.  I also work with the State FFA Advisor to plan the annual FFA Maine State Convention.  I have many other duties such as booking travel arrangements for Consolidated School Reviews and processing expense vouchers.

What do you like best about your job?

Spreading awareness of the importance of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) program and I really enjoy working with the FFA Students.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I became a part of the DOE Team about 6 years ago and am still working on my career endeavors.

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

I enjoy spending time with my family & friends

Employee of the Week: Scott Brown

Scott Brown, Maine DOE Director of School Construction, School Security, and Student Transportation is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Scott in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the Director of a team that includes School Construction, Safety and Security, and Student Transportation.  Within those program areas our team strives to align and support the values stated in the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the Department.  I also serve on the Department’s Leadership Team.

What do you like best about your job?

The planning and construction processes for a new Major Capital school project can easily take five or more years and watching the excitement of students, district staff, and community members when the facility is finally complete is always rewarding.  I also have thoroughly enjoyed working with the superintendents, principals, teachers, and community members in the process of planning and constructing over 100 Major Capital school projects across Maine.  I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to develop so many relationships with people dedicated to education both at the state and local level and for the experiences that have come with every project.

How or why did you decide on this career?

My education and training background is in architecture, engineering, and business.  After receiving my architect’s license I worked for a number of firms specifically on school and other larger public improvement projects in Maine and New Hampshire.  When an architect position was created in the Department in 1996 I knew that it was a position that I had a lot of interest in.  Since then I have been impressed and motivated by so many people committed to education here at the state level and I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here at the Department.

Employee of the Week: Michele Bisbee

Maine DOE Child Nutrition Consultant, Michele Bisbee is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Michele in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I am the culinary specialist within the Department of Education Child Nutrition. Along with my team members I help to monitor multiple USDA Nutrition programs across our state. I also help to facilitate culinary trainings for school nutrition employees.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy being able to help nutrition professionals across the state.

How or why did you decide on this career?

I worked in high volume food service for about 10 years before someone brought up the idea of school nutrition to me. I had never really thought of this as a career path but the opportunity to not only help children but to be able to spend more time with my own child really appealed to me. I am very happy that I made the decision.

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

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family. I help to coach my daughters cheerleading team and her softball team, so we are constantly on the move from one sport to the next.