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Desjardins joins state Board of Education

ST. AGATHA, Maine — The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has announced that Dr. Fern Desjardins of Aroostook County will serve on the Maine State Board of Education.

Desjardins was sworn into office on May 1 at the Department of the Secretary of State in Augusta. She is a lifelong resident of St. Agatha, and will serve as a representative of Congressional District 2 on the State Board.

“My work in education has always been, and continues to be, my real passion in life,” she said. “Being a member of the State Board of Education is truly an honor, and it is in perfect harmony with what I most enjoy doing – providing the students of all our communities with the best education that taxpayers can afford.  

“I am blessed to be given the opportunity to be a voice for the students and citizens of Maine by serving on the State Board,” she said.

Desjardins has accepted appointments to work on the Construction Committee and the Maine Charter School Commission during her board tenure.

“I believe that my educational background and varied experiences will enable me to positively contribute to discussions and decision-making processes of the State Board and the committees to which I am appointed,” she said.

Desjardins is the former SAD 33 superintendent of schools and has spent a 43-year career in the school system. She taught graduate courses for the University of Maine as an adjunct faculty member in their outreach programs in Aroostook County for almost a decade.  

She holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in language arts from UMaine, a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine and a bachelor of science in elementary education from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Since her retirement in June 2017, Desjardins has continued to be active in education by serving as a facilitator for the regionalization efforts of five northern Penobscot County school systems, a member of the English Learners Advisory Council at the Maine DOE, and is involved in Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs and other initiatives of the state education department.

Desjardins replaces former board member, the Honorable Nichi Farnham of Bangor.

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