SALEM TOWNSHIP — The RSU 58 board has unanimously voted to hire Erica Brouillet of Athol, Mass., as superintendent. She begins her duties July 1.

She succeeds Brenda Stevens, who announced her retirement at the end of the school year.

Brouillet has worked as a teacher, elementary and middle school principal. For the past four years, she has been director of educational services and assistant superintendent for the Athol-Royalston Regional School District in Athol, Massachusetts.

“My husband, Larry, and I choose to come to Maine because we love the natural beauty and the life Maine offers,” she said.

In 2001, they bought land overlooking Moosehead Lake in Greenville. In 2007, they built a small log home and have spent as much time there as possible in all four seasons, she said.

“I am an avid snowmobiler,” she said. “In the summer, we both enjoy fishing and water sports.”

Also a hiker and camper, Brouillet said she has been coming to Maine since she was a child. She graduated from Orono High School while her father was working at the University of Maine during a sabbatical.

“I also have a granddaughter who lives in Sanford,” she said.

She said she has defined clear goals and objectives for herself and is eager to share them with the RSU 58 board. With curriculum changes and graduation requirements changing in Maine to meet national standards, she will be able to share what she has learned, she said.

“As an assistant superintendent, I have focused heavily upon the implementation of the Common Core as an integral part of our new curriculum,” she said.

She has improved instruction by having teachers trained in the newest research-based educational techniques. She also organized school data teams to target instruction more effectively. Another part of her job is to make sure all students are safe and secure.

“I work with other administrators to build effective crisis, emergency medical and bullying plans,” she said.

Recently, the Athol-Royalston school district began the new state-regulated and required educator evaluation system. This has been demanding for teachers and administrators, she said, but has increased awareness of the important aspects of educating students effectively. She’s eager, she said, to start working with her new team and to share what she has learned throughout her career.

“I look forward to meeting and working with everyone in the school community,” she said. “That includes students, parents, teachers, administrators, businesses and school and community organizations.”

To that end, as the summer progresses, she said, she will be making it a priority to meet with as many of these groups as possible to hear opinions on priorities for education.

“I expect to work to create the very best educational plan for each and every student,” she said.

Brouillet received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Keene State College in New Hampshire. She earned her doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

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