Student Spotlight: Paul Grimaud, CAGS: AEL – Education Program

Paul Grimaud with a falcon

Paul Grimaud during a desert safari, holding a falcon

Paul Grimaud earned his CAGS in Advanced Educational Leadership (AEL) from the University of New England in 2015. He talks about his experience and how he is currently applying his knowledge in the field.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your CAGS: AEL?

I want to further impact lives through administration: improving the system of education, faculty experience, and most importantly overall student development.

What did you like about UNE and your major?

The flexibility of the program, the guidance I received from Ariel, my Student Support Specialist, and the personal touch and advice from Carol Marcotte. It showed me that I am both valued and supported.

What internships, clinicals or class projects were especially important to your professional development?

I felt that all courses were beneficial and applicable, but the internship and projects especially so.

What are your plans for the future?

Perhaps get my Ph.D., depending on how life unfolds or permits.

What’s your background?

I have a BA in Art/Business and an MS in Education.

What’s your field of work right now?

Paul Grimaud and his 2nd Grade ClassroomI’m teaching now.

What kind of work environment do you operate in on a daily basis?

Well, to be honest there is always good. And bad. Overall it is growing and developing to become a top school in the region.

Do most of your coworkers have their CAGS: AEL too? Did that factor into the desire to get yours?

No they do not. The main reason for the degree was to assist my career goals of administration.

What was the most challenging part of the program?

The initial timing and routine of the classes was the most challenging part.

What was your favorite part of the program?

Dr. Carol Marcotte. She was inspirational with her guidance and support during my last few classes. It’s critical to have an objective opinion whom can assist with any difficulties you are facing.

To learn more about the CAGS: AEL program at UNE, go to

Thank you Paul, for being a part of our Student Spotlight series! -MG

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