Mary Becker, Secretary Associate for the Maine State Board of Education is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Mary in this brief question and answer:
What are your roles?
I provide administrative and executive support to the eleven-member State Board of Education. On any given day my duties can range from providing liaison with the Commissioner’s Office, the Legislature’s Education & Cultural Affairs Committee, and the National Association of State Boards of Education, to handling inquiries from the public, managing accounts, processing appeals, updating the Board’s strategic plan, and generally keeping the business of the State Board’s twenty-three mandated duties and responsibilities moving forward in a timely and efficient manner.
What do you like best about your job?
I like the day to day challenges of various responsibilities.
How or why did you decide on this career?
I came to the Department of Education, Commissioner’s Office, as temporary staff filling in for an individual out on medical leave. After two years here, enjoying working with such a wonderful group of people at the DOE, I took a position with the State Board of Education. I have such a love for children of all ages and this position gives me the opportunity to see up front what wonderful things the State Board Members and the DOE staff do every day for the kids throughout the State of Maine.
What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
I enjoy reading, walking, listening to music, attending concerts, any theater production, travel, and I am always up for a good road trip! Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren!