President Leslie Smith

Leslie is a strong advocate for multiple pathways in education having worked in all levels of schools through the K-12 system.  Her vision is to empower all students through programs that address academic, personal/social, and career goals. She thoroughly believes all students can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community; preparing students for personal success in college, career, and community. She also feels strongly that there is not a one size fits all path for students and has personal experience with her son working in the transportation field and her daughter attending a 4 year college. 

     Leslie is the Director of Guidance for the Hermon School District as well as a School Counselor at Hermon High School. Leslie holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from University of Maine and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts.  Prior to moving to Maine and prior to working in education, she worked as a Sexual Assault Victim Witness Advocate for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Leslie resides in Hermon with her husband Robb. They have two children, Jonathan and Emily, and two dogs Maggie and Beasley. She recently has become an avid snowmobiler, loves going to camp, is involved with her church, loves to play with her dogs, and spends time with her family. 

Leslie's first year with the MECA board was the year 2020-2021 and is thrilled to be part of an excellent organization.