Get to know Erica St. Peter, principal of the James H. Bean School, better before we jump into the school year together!
What jobs have you had before becoming an administrator? My career began with two years of teaching at private schools in New Hampshire. My first year at SAD 47 was in 1995 when I job-shared a sixth grade teaching position. In 1996, I started teaching full-time for the Messalonskee School District. During those 22 years, I taught every elementary grade level with the exception of kindergarten. In 2018, I made the leap into administration.
What are you most excited about for this upcoming year? A new school year always brings excitement! I can’t wait to see how the children have grown over the summer, meet the new preschool and kindergarten students, and work collaboratively with all the staff at JHB!
What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family. My two year-old granddaughter, Everlee, keeps me busy. I also enjoy doing DIY projects on my home, traveling to visit friends and family, reading, and shopping!
What’s been your best school memory – either as a student or administrator? As a teacher, my favorite memory is having Donn Fendler as a guest speaker. Our class had just finished reading Lost On A Mountain in Maine, and Mr. Fendler was just finishing up his summer stay in Maine. We were thrilled to hear his personal account of being lost on Mount Katahdin.
Tell us about your family! I LOVE MY FAMILY! My husband, Joey, and I lived in Sidney for 15 years before downsizing to a home in Waterville. My daughter, Sydney, is a teacher at Warsaw Middle School and has given me one of the most precious gifts I could ever ask for, my granddaughter Everlee. I am going to be a Gigi to 2 granddaughters at the end of September. My son Cole makes me proud everyday as he serves in the United States Army stationed in Kentucky. Both of my children attended the James H. Bean School and graduated from Messalonskee High School.
What is your coffee order? This one is simple… hot and black!