BANGOR, Maine — He has been doing the job for more than a year, so the title switch from interim director to director is no big change for Fred Woodman, administrator of United Technologies Center.
Woodman, who has worked in education for more than 38 years, is in his second year on the job.
“It’s easy to follow Greg Miller, who did a great job,” he said Tuesday, slowing down just enough to answer a few questions.
The UTC board of directors actually gave Woodman the post in August, he said.
“We’re very, very pleased” with the center’s programs and students, Woodman said.
UTC hired Woodman in the spring of 2003 to coordinate a photonics grant and set up a photonics program at the technology school.
Photonics is the study of optical, laser and fiber optics. The photonics program introduces the concept and the technology that surrounds photonics to area high school students, showing them how math and science are related to the new technology.
Woodman worked as superintendent of SAD 67, comprising Chester, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag, for three years before being hired by UTC. He continues to serve as superintendent for Lowell and Seboeis Plantation.
He and his wife of nearly 30 years, Sheila, live in Lincoln, where she has been a first-grade teacher for the last 25 years. The couple has four children and an 8-year-old grandson.
Woodman started in education at Alton Grammar School, teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grades and as principal; then worked at Helen S. Dunn School in Greenbush, where he taught sixth, seventh and eighth grades and was the principal. He taught for a total of 11 years.
He also spent time in Millinocket as a middle school assistant principal; in Ellsworth as middle school principal; as superintendent of SAD 30 in Lee; and as principal in Old Town.
“It’s great over here,” Woodman said of UTC. “We have all kinds of exciting things going on.”
UTC has approximately 470 students for all over the Bangor region. Some students, who didn’t have school in their hometowns because of the holiday schedule, are so dedicated to their programs that they decided to make their way to UTC anyway, Woodman said.
“Believe it or not, they came,” he said. “We have good kids who really do a great job here.”
Some students from Old Town, Orono and SAD 22, comprising Hampden, Newburgh and Winterport, who didn’t have school this week, arrived at the Hogan Road technology school as scheduled, the director said.
After serving as director for going on two years, Woodman said, he has a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to.
“I want to thank the parents because they’ve given us the best students,” he said. And I want to “invite all parents, at any time they wish, to come tour the school if they haven’t been here.”