It may be mid-winter, but this is definitely the phrase of the past few weeks!
By the time you see this, Maine will have a new Commissioner of Education, Pender Makin. The testimony in support of her confirmation was inspiring and uplifting. Many remarked that her outlook on public education brought “a breath of fresh air.”
The MEA Board of Directors was honored to have her meet us at the most recent Board meeting. Each Director talked about our hopes for the future of public education in Maine, and the Commissioner shared her experiences, from the first day in an alternative education classroom, through her principalship at the R.E.A.L. School, then as Assistant Superintendent in Brunswick. Afterwards. She spoke about her views on education, and the reaction of the Board was also “what a breath of fresh air”! There is much work to do in the coming months, but things are headed in a good direction!