Susan Totman joins RSU 71 staff at central office
BELFAST – Regional School Unit 71 has hired Susan Totman as executive assistant to the superintendent and the Board of Directors, where she will assist the superintendent, the board, and other district executive officers.
With 35 years of on-site office management experience, she was drawn to the job because she wanted to help students realize their potential, she said. Although he is not in direct contact with the students in charge, he is still contributing to this initiative.
“There was a lot of work out there, but it impacted me a lot because it was about helping our young people achieve their dreams and goals,” he said.
Previously, Totman worked as the manager of the Conservation Law Foundation’s office and his family’s car repair and towing business, he said.
She is a self-taught programmer, which is a skill she uses to help create custom websites for clients and clean up websites after they have been hacked, she said. He has served clients internationally through his Virtual Base Connection web development business.
She enjoys spending time with her four children and seven grandchildren, she said. Although she is from the Waterville / Winslow area, the Searsmont resident raised her children in the RSU 71 school district and has some grandchildren passing through Belfast and Thorndike schools.
Her 9-year-old grandson Bryan Totman played football at Regional School Unit 71 until he died last summer in a towing accident in Belfast.
Totman also does fundraising through a group called Joy to Be Bald, which is currently working to become a non-profit organization, he said. The group raises funds for local cancer patients.
She is working with “a good group of people,” he said. She is excited to help with school initiatives like Future Search, which was a two-day event that brought together dozens of people from the community to help create a strategic education plan. She called it exciting and avant-garde.
“This is a great team of people,” he said, “… very talented, very kind and the clear goal is to educate the children. And it’s a really amazing work environment.”
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