Allie Maltais earlier today announced her candidacy to run for school board in Concord New Hampshire’s District B. This seat is currently held by Liza Poinier who will not be seeking a 2nd term. Maltais is a native resident of Concord and has a passion for the education of children. She has been a special education paraprofessional, autism advocate, member of Community Bridges Family Support Council, Task Force Team member with the Concord School District, wife and amazing mom. A long time Concord resident, she is looking to hit the ground running with a vast knowledge of the area and its educational needs. Now, she’s ready to serve on the Concord School Board for District B. Allie was nice enough to sit down and answer our five questions.
What cause are you most passionate about?
There are many I’m passionate about but the one that I care about personally has always been Special Education. This area is very dear to me because I have experience being a student who was in special education and now as a Mom who is raising a sweet, intelligent, and energetic boy with autism. I have always been a firm believer that we all learn and see things differently and this itself is a gift not a “disability”. We have so much to learn from each other and my oldest son inspires me to see things from different angles.
What is one message you would like to give to your district?
We have to move with change. We are living in uncertain, challenging times and we need to be here for one another. Our community right now needs support and respect during these times. Regardless of race, identity or religion. It’s about the students, they need us to help guide them through this. We also need our students to help teach us how to become a better community. We are in this together.
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My favorite toy as a kid were these things called Sky Dancers. They were fairy like dolls that would take off into the sky when you pulled the string and their arms would extend out. I remember these things always use to get stuck in trees!
Where were you 3 hours ago and what were you doing?
I was visiting with my Mom (kid-free), catching up on my plan of action with me running for school board and bragging about my two boys. We ate homemade steak fajitas while listening to Adele in the background. Then I drove home with the windows down drinking herbal tea listening to Nathaniel Rateliff’s (I’m a huge fan) new album. I got inside and my oldest, Henry was watching Tangled. My husband was just starting to put my youngest son, Benjamin down for bed. I sat down next to Henry on the coach with his legs stretched out over mine. I sat back and relaxed. Opened up my book “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle, that I want to finish and waited for Henry to fall asleep.
What is your favorite movie?
I have two actual. It’s hard to pick one. I like to think of myself of an old soul and appreciate old movies. “Gone with the Wind” has always been classic that I love. The story, the characters, and the music. All of it really grabs me every time I watch it. Every year I have this tradition where my poor husband stays up late with me on my birthday and we watch it together eating Carter Hill’s (my favorite orchard in Concord) Apple Pie. My next one is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This movie always makes me cry. Every year I watch this with my family and it never gets old.
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