For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time when Americans take a moment to recognize the hard and important work teachers do every day. Each day for the rest of the week, Republican state representatives will tell their own stories of teachers who made a difference in their lives.
On Tuesday, Representative Matthew Pouliot of Augusta took time to share his story of the teacher who made the biggest difference in his life. At 26, Pouliot is one of the youngest House Republicans. A 2005 graduate of Cony High School in Augusta and a 2009 graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration, he has recent experience in Maine public schools. As a member of the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, he is committed to putting that experience to use by helping schools and teachers succeed in providing the best education possible to all Maine students.
Said Rep. Pouliot:
"I was fortunate to have many great teachers over the years, and for any of you who I may have had, I think you all did an excellent job. However, one teacher in particular really stands out. Her name is Mrs. Jane Pare and she was my third grade teacher at Gilbert Elementary School in Augusta.
Mrs. Pare retired a few years ago, but I was fortunate to be able to reconnect with her the year after I graduated from college to teach Junior Achievement to her class. She was a world class educator and her dedication to the teaching profession was inspirational. It has been a number of years since I sat in her class, but as a member of the Legislature's Education Committee today, I often think about the effect she had on me as a young student and I will be forever grateful to have had her as a teacher.
To Mrs. Pare and all public educators, during this Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to say thank you for all the great work that you have done, and continue to do, to prepare children to be productive and involved citizens in our communities."
Please see attached for a photo of Rep. Pouliot.
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