Jacquie Martin

Stearns High School, 2003
University of Maine at Presque Isle, 2007
Husson University, 2013
Current town: Fort Fairfield

“Take advantage of EVERY opportunity that comes your way. If it sounds remotely interesting and you have a way to make it work, do it!"

Jacquie enjoys being part of a team that advocates for changes on behalf of students and their needs. As a school counselor, she loves witnessing student growth over the seven years they are in her building. The work is challenging, which is part of why she loves it. Jacquie is a raft guide in the summertime, and one of her favorite days on the river each season is the day she guides Mitchell Scholars down the river. She says it is a special day connecting with the students, hearing their stories, and talking with them as a fellow Scholar.

How are you having an impact on your community, through leadership roles or otherwise?
This is my 8th year as the School Counselor for our 6-12 school in MSAD #20 in Fort Fairfield. In addition, I currently serve on a committee called the Education to Industry Working Group, which is part of a larger organization in the region working to connect businesses with schools to address the looming issue of a workforce shortage in Aroostook County. Our goals revolve around bringing high schools, higher education, and employers around the same table to develop programs and strategies to prepare a workforce for the careers that are available and to highlight the quality work experiences available in Aroostook County. We're working to dispel the myth that there's nothing here for a younger generation when, in fact, we have phenomenal employment opportunities with quality of life that cannot be matched. I also serve as Treasurer for the Northern Maine Counseling Association and this past year was chair of our Career Fair committee, which hosts a career fair event for 600 students from Hodgdon to Fort Kent.

Proudest accomplishment or activity?
I continue to stay active and go on new adventures regularly. These include participating in local mountain bike races, completing a recent winter summit of Katahdin, self-guiding the Gauley River in West Virginia, successfully completing my first moose hunt, and working as a raft guide on the Penobscot in the summers.