PARIS – Livermore Falls High School Principal Shawn Lambert has been named the new director of Oxford Hills Technical School.
The 39-year-old New Gloucester resident was unanimously selected by the school board Thursday night from among 18 applicants and will begin his duties July 1. He succeeds Dave Mason of Albany Township, who is retiring in June after eight years in the position.
“I had applied for the job because I’m intrigued with technical education. It seems to be where it’s at,” Lambert said in a telephone interview Friday night. “When I heard that this opening was coming up, once my mind locked onto it I couldn’t let it go.”
“I’m hoping to be able to give a well-rounded background,” said the former educator at Mid Maine Technical Center in Waterville, and “a belief in career and technical education to take them into the future.”
Lambert oversees more than 300 students in grades 9 through 12 in RSU 36, which includes Livermore and Livermore Falls. The school also offers a variety of technical training for students in grades 11 and 12 through the Foster Technology Center in Farmington.
Lambert was hired as principal of the high school in 2006, and was principal of Telstar High School in Bethel for four years before that. He has a master’s degree in education from the University of Maine in Orono and and served as English Department chairman and assistant principal at Lewiston High School. He taught for seven years in various high schools.
Mason said Friday he met Lambert for the first time last week and was impressed with him. “He was very friendly. His credentials are certainly very good.”
Oxford Hills Technical School serves about 1,000 full- and part-time students in its programs, school Board Chairman Jerry Wiley of Buckfield said Friday night.
Lambert is expected to visit the school, which is part of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris, in the next few weeks.
He said Friday night that he and his wife, Nicole, a nurse, and their four children ages 2 to 12 plan to continue living in New Gloucester where they have resided for 11 years.
As for Mason, he said his immediate plans are to take his boys to Alaska for several weeks with his brother and nephews.
“That’s all I know,” he chuckled.
Staff editor Mary Delamater contributed to this report.