My name is Nicole Chamberland, and I am honored to represent our state as your Miss Maine for America 2020. I consider myself a woman who wears many hats. First and foremost, I am the mother of an eight-year-old boy, Mason, who has brought so much love into my life. I am also an educator, fitness instructor, leader and philanthropist. I continue to strive to be the best version of myself. Being a titleholder, however, does not define me. It is merely an extension of who I am and the woman I’m becoming.
I earned a Certificate of Advanced Study from St. Joseph’s College in Educational Leadership this past March, which has led me to pursue a job in public school administration. I was recently hired as the Dean of Students at Minot Consolidated School. Stepping into this role is a perfect balance for me. I am still able to interact and be with students every day, along with being one of the leaders of our school. Seeing students succeed is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job. As an educational leader, I guide with grace and encouragement. I can honestly say that I enjoy going to work every day. When work feels like home, is it even a job?
Positivity inspires me to be my best self. I feel empowered being around women who constantly lift each other up and support and celebrate each other's successes. There is no better support system than a sisterhood. As Miss Maine for America, I will continue being true to myself and advocate for all women. One of the reasons I joined this pageant system is because of its inclusivity. Size, race, gender, age and marital status do not limit participation.
One of my goals as Miss Maine for America is to bring awareness to the importance of movement within the classroom. When a child’s body is regulated, they are more successful learners. With the help of my sponsors, I have developed an online presence called Teach. Move. Repeat. Through this program, I have created a new appreciation and understanding of the benefits of movement and its effect on learning. Bringing fun, creative ideas to the classroom not only benefits students, but also teachers. I created a free dance class called, Jazzy Pop, that is offered to the students within my school to promote movement.
Our Miss division is still in its infancy, but I am ready to promote our sisterhood and make a lasting impact on Maine communities. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Miss Maine for America 2020.