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Fort Kent Elementary School administrator retires after more than 30 years of service

FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent Elementary School dean of students and educator Paul Michaud will retire this year after serving students in the St. John Valley for more than three decades.

During his 34 years in public education, Michaud also coached students in multiple sports and held athletic director positions.

Born and raised in Frenchville, Michaud graduated from Wisdom High School in 1978.

Educator Paul Michaud will retire this year after having served St. John Valley students for 34 years. (Courtesy of Fort Kent Elementary School)

He also served his country, joining the United States Army after graduation, and was stationed at Fort Jackson and Fort Gordon. 

Following his military service, Michaud returned home to Frenchville and studied at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. 

“After taking several biology and chemistry classes, I developed an interest and passion in that field and that lured me into the teaching profession,” Michaud said. 

In 1988, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in education with a major in biology and later went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership.

He taught science classes for 10 years at Wisdom High School, during which time he coached boys varsity basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball. During the last five years, he was also the athletic director. 

Michaud then took a job teaching physical science at Fort Kent Community High School where he worked as assistant athletic director. 

In 2013 Michaud transferred to Fort Kent Elementary School as assistant principal and and also served as principal of Eagle Lake, St. Francis and Wallagrass elementary schools, until the latter three schools were shuttered due to low enrollment and budget cuts. Michaud then became dean of students at FKES. 

During his administrative career, Michaud served on numerous Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and Maine Principals Association committees.

Michaud will retire at the end of this school year. 

“Starting this summer, at the ripe old age of 61, I plan to spend more time with my family,” Michaud said. 

Paul Michaud and his wife Nora have been married for 38 years and are parents of adult children Michael and Natalie and are grandparents of three. 

Paul and Nora Michaud will remain connected to the St. John Valley community.

“Our plans are to travel the country and winter to warmer climates and to continue making Frenchville our hometown,” Paul Michaud said.

Educator Kevin Anderson will take over the role of Fort Kent Elementary School dean of students effective July 1. 

 

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