Student Cabinet

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The Maine Department of Education's Student Cabinet is a group of students that meet quarterly with the Commissioner to discuss educational opportunities, improvements, and policy. The purpose of the Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for Maine students’ voices to be heard.


How to become a Student Cabinet Member
Student Cabinet members are selected through an application process in the fall of each year based on anticipated openings. Students grades 4 – 12 and first year of college can apply to be a member of the Student Cabinet.
Application Review Process
Applications are reviewed by a team of Department staff, educators, and student representatives on the Maine State Board of Education. Selected applicants are chosen for their thoughtful responses to the open-ended questions on the application. The Department has the goal of appointing two students from each county in Maine based on the application pool.

2019/2020 Student Cabinet

Students from across Maine met with Maine Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Pender Makin in Augusta for an all-day summit on December 20, 2019. Learn more about what happened at the 12/20/19 meeting.

Current Members:

Co-chairs: Jaylee Rice and Casey Maddock, Maine State Board of Education Student Representatives

Name  County 
Klara Androscoggin
Cadence Androscoggin
Nicholas Aroostook
Damon Aroostook
Fiona Cumberland
Leela Cumberland
Katelyn Cumberland
Josh Cumberland
Monica Franklin
Mackenzie Franklin
Sarah Hancock
Avahnnah Hancock
Rhayna Kennebec
Cecilia Kennebec
Emmett Knox
Isaiah Knox
Emma Lincoln
Zaid Lincoln
Alexi Oxford
Connor Oxford
Maya Penobscot
Sam Penobscot
Brooke Piscataquis
Isabel Sagadahoc
Madison Sagadahoc
Savea Somerset
Annabelle Somerset
Gaby Waldo
Stephanie Waldo
Matthew Washington
Sarah York
William York


Rachel Paling
Communications & Outreach Manager
(207) 624-6717