Shawn Lambert, most recently the director of Oxford Hills Technical School, was named as the new Brunswick assistant superintendent Wednesday night. (Hannah LaClaire / The Times Record)

BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick School Department unanimously approved Shawn Lambert as the new assistant superintendent on Wednesday. He will start the job July 1.

Lambert has been in education for about 26 years, he said in an interview Wednesday night. That includes time as a high school English teacher in Eastport, Waterville and Lewiston, and as principal in Bethel and Livermore Falls. For the past 9 years, he has been the director of Oxford Hills Technical School in South Paris.

“I was looking for something different, and I was intrigued by the district,” he said, which “has a reputation for being tradition but forward-thinking, and that excites me.”

Lambert said he is excited to get to work on some of the projects in the pipeline, but that he will need to get the lay of the land before he can really decide where he hopes to help take the district.

“The team was very impressed with his ability to engage the community” with the tech school, superintendent Paul Perzanoski said Thursday; There, each class has an advisory group with members of the community and local business leaders. “We hope he can help us move the program with Region 10 (forward)” and with other projects coming up, he added.

A graduate of Colby College, he “stumbled upon a passion” for teaching after taking a random education course and has not looked back since.

“I’m fascinated with how people become what they become, and I’ve found that a lot of the time it’s just chance,” he said.

Lambert, his wife Nicole and their four kids live in New Gloucester. They do not have any plans to relocate right now, he said, as they have lived there for the last 20 years and put down “a lot of roots.”  

There were 27 applicants for the position, Perzanoski said, and they interviewed 10. His starting salary has not been determined yet.

Lambert is replacing former assistant superintendent Pender Makin, who was hired in 2015 and left this winter when she was named the Maine Commissioner of Education.

Greg Bartlett, who retired in 2015 after nearly 20 years as assistant superintendent has been filling in as interim assistant superintendent.

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