About Walter

 

Walter Boomsma

Like most people, I began discovering sales and motivation techniques shortly after birth when I wanted to be fed. Without words, I was able to demonstrate to my parents a benefit to providing me with warm milk. As time passed, I of course learned to talk and began negotiating my way through life, developing an even greater understanding of a fundamental truth: Life is best when everybody wins! That understanding served me well as I worked in retail sales, national account management, sales and management training and organization development.

My career in consulting began in 1985 with the personal mission of developing individual and organization effectiveness. I worked with organizations to implement systems, policies and procedures to support learning and allow employees to excel. I also developed training programs on a wide variety of topics.  As a featured keynote speaker I’ve addressed numerous companies, associations, civic and educational groups on subjects like choosing attitudes, starting your own business, leadership, and the motivation to learn.

In 2002, I opted to apply my sales, consulting, and project management skills to the practice of real estate brokerage and selling and building log homes starting with my own Katahdin log home in Abbot. Many of the lessons I learned early in my consulting career served me well in meeting clients’ real estate needs, but I was drawn again to my first love–teaching–and began teaching the entry-level real estate course for the local adult education program. Shortly thereafter I became associated with the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate while continuing to teach “non real estate” courses in adult education programs.

On a parallel track, my volunteer work with kids became a focus and today I enjoy substitute teaching kindergarten through sixth grade. My experiences with these little people led to the publication of my first book, Small People — Big Brains: stories about simplicity, exploration, and wonder released in 2013.

I also now offer a one day “Substitute Teacher Workshop” and have been certified as a mental health first aid specialist for youth and adults by NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). This has enabled me to teach a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program that meets the requirements of LD 609 for public school employees.

Current associations and designations include:

  • Substitute Teacher, Piscataquis Community Elementary and Secondary Schools.
  • Instructor, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
  • Instructor, RSU 19 Adult Education
  • Instructor, MSAD 53 Adult Education
  • Adjunct Instructor, The Real Estate Learning Group
  • Certified Mental Health First Aid Specialist, NAMI
  • Certified Youth Mental First Aid Provider, NAMI
  • Gatekeeper and Suicide Awareness Trainer, NAMI
  • CPR/First Aid Certified, American Heart Association

 

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