Governor and Commissioner of Education to Speak at Chamber Breakfasts

By Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce | Oct 25, 2012

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced their guest speakers for the last two Business Breakfasts of 2012.

On Thursday, November 1, Maine Education Commissioner, Stephen L. Bowen, will speak about the state of education in Maine, discuss some of the challenges we face, and talk about state initiatives to bring about change.

Commissioner Bowen taught social studies in middle and high schools for 10 years in Fairfax County, VA, and then in Camden, ME.  In VA, he took advantage of his district’s excellent teacher induction and professional development opportunities and being part of the state’s development of a standards-based approach to education. He was at Camden-Rockport Middle School when Maine’s nationally and internationally recognized middle school laptop program was first implemented.  He has experienced the implementation of state education policy at the level where it matters most – the classroom.

In 2002, he was elected to the first of two terms in the Maine House of Representatives.  In 2007, he joined the Maine Heritage Policy Center as an education policy researcher and analyst.

Initially a senior policy advisor on education to Gov. LePage, he was soon asked to become the Commissioner of Education.  Commissioner Bowen then embarked on a listening tour, visiting schools and meeting with superintendents, teachers, students, parents, and others.  He continues to work on a strategic plan for improving education for all Maine students.

On Wednesday, December 5, Governor Paul LePage will speak at the Chamber Business Breakfast.  More information on that event will be posted at a later date, but the Governor will be speaking of his priorities for the coming year.

Sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial and Dream Local Digital, PBRCC Business Breakfasts are held at 7:45 at the Samoset Resort, and the public is welcome to attend.  The cost of the breakfast and talk is $18 for members and $25 for non-members.  Advance registration is requested by calling Robin at 596-0376 or emailing robin@penbaychamber.com.

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