Board hires Doucette as new Wisdom science and math teacher

ST. AGATHA, Maine — When she transitions later this month from the healthcare field to teaching, Sonya Doucette will be returning to a plan she had hoped to put into place more than 15 years ago.

Maine School Administrative District 33 school board members voted last month to hire Doucette as a high school science and math teacher, replacing Nick Textor. Doucette will start at Wisdom Middle/High School on Nov. 20.

“When I graduated, I couldn’t really do student teaching, due to other commitments,” Doucette said recently. She already was working in Northern Maine Medical Center’s X-ray department in Fort Kent and was unable to take off the time it would have required to complete her teaching certification.

While working full-time, however, she was able to earn a degree in five years and graduate in 2007 from the University of Maine Fort Kent, with a major in biology and a minor in education.

Student teaching, though, would have meant basically taking off 16 weeks from that job, she said.

She has been hired as a conditional teacher and will pursue her full certification while employed by SAD 33.

Although she grew up in Fort Kent, Doucette said she had always heard of SAD 33’s good reputation.

“My vision was to work at Wisdom, with the small classes,” she said.

Now that her wish has come true, Doucette said she has been reviewing subject materials regularly to prepare for class.

“It’s been a busy few weeks,” she said.

Stepping into the classroom in the middle of the school year will be an additional challenge, Doucette conceded. She feels, however, that the teachers and administrators at SAD 33 will be very supportive.

Doucette said leaving her job at NMMC was not an easy decision after almost 17 years there.

“It was just one of those things and an opportunity came along,” she said.

A teaching position also will allow Doucette to spend more time with her family, she said. The on-call, night shifts and weekend hours that are sometimes required at her hospital job did not always allow that family time, she said.

Doucette lives in Fort Kent with her husband Steve, who teaches science and math at Fort Kent Community High School, and their two young children, Brayden, 11, and Reese, 8.

SAD 33 serves the communities of St. Agatha and Frenchville, through Wisdom Middle/High School and the Dr. Levesque Elementary School.

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