Chris Lajoie

Van Buren District Secondary School, 2000
Bowdoin College, 2004
University of Southern Maine, Masters in Education 2007
University of New England, graduate certification in educational leadership, 2009
Current town: Bowdoin

“Every day practice listening empathically, and writing clearly and convincingly. Those skills will serve you well in any life pursuit.”

Dedicated educator Chris has found this to be true in his current role as Principal of Bowdoinham Community School, where he takes great joy in supporting both students and colleagues, and listening to and learning from each person who crosses his path. Chris worked his way up to this position, starting as an educational technician, then as a special education teacher, and later as an administrator, grounding his work in the wholehearted belief that public schools are the foundation of a just, democratic society.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Raising three kind, curious, hilarious children with my wife, Shannon. We are all products of Maine's public schools.

Why do you live in Maine and what do you like about it?
Shannon grew up in Topsham, and when we met, we stayed in the area to be near her family. We’ve lived in the Brunswick area ever since! It has everything you could want within reach, from the ocean to country roads, cities to farmland. Since relocating to the area for college, it has felt like home. I love the community feel—people always seem to have each other’s backs. That tight-knit community identity makes Maine home.