Rhayna Poulin Selected for Maine Department of Education Student Cabinet
The Maine Department of Education has selected 32 Maine students to serve on its new Student Cabinet, including Rhayna Poulin, an eleventh-grade student from Monmouth Academy. The group of students are scheduled to meet quarterly with Commissioner Pender Makin to discuss educational opportunities, improvements, and policy. The first meeting took place December 2 in Augusta.
The Student Cabinet is comprised of students from all 16 counties in Maine, grades 4 through 1st year of college, from diverse educational experiences. The students were selected through a rigorous team selection process by a committee of students, Maine State Board of Education Representatives, and Maine DOE staff, including experienced Maine educators.
Student Cabinet meetings are intended to allow students from different grade levels, backgrounds, and areas of Maine to share their opinions and offer advice about Maine’s education system with Maine’s Commissioner of Education and other leaders from the Maine Department of Education. The purpose of the Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for Maine students’ voices to be heard.
The Student Cabinet will be co-chaired by Maine State Board of Education Student Representatives, Casey Maddock and Jaylee Rice, who were both instrumental in the formation of the Student Cabinet. (press release from Maine DOE)