Jay, Livermore (part) & Livermore Falls
Sheila Lyman, a 1978 graduate of nearby Leavitt Area High School and a graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington with an education degree, worked her entire career as an elementary school teacher. She dedicated 36 years of her life to students at the same school, as well as serving the larger educational community beyond the local level.
During her career she served as a chairperson and leader for district grade level work and curriculum and assessment development at both the local and state levels. She served as a voice for educational change while presenting at a variety of schools around the state and even around the country. In those years of service she provided her students with educational experiences that laid the foundation for their journey into becoming a responsible citizen for their community.
She knows the importance of asking the hard questions that get to the root of a situation. She is not afraid to be the lone voice in the crowd. When facing opposing and differing opinions, she has worked to find a common ground in order to create an effective plan. She believes her experiences with educational politics have developed her ability to represent the citizens of District 74 in the Legislature.
The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs oversees legislation pertaining to the Department of Education; State Board of Education; school finance, governance and administration; school budgets; school facilities; curriculum, instruction and assessment; teachers and administrators; special education and child development services; education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students; career and technical education; charter schools, alternative education, school choice and home schooling; school district reorganization; online learning; student health, nutrition and safety; truancy and dropouts; educational services at juvenile correctional facilities; adult education; Maine Education Policy Research Institute; University of Maine System; Maine Community College System; Maine Maritime Academy; postsecondary education finance and governance; Maine State Library; and cultural affairs, including Maine Arts Commission, Maine State Museum, Maine Historical Society, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Maine Humanities Council and Maine Public, formerly known as Maine Public Broadcasting.
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