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New Leaders at Schools, Central Office

The Portland Public Schools is getting a slate of new school leaders:  Nicole Bradeen is the new principal at Longfellow Elementary School; Sarah Gips Goodall is the new principal at Lyseth Elementary School; Jason Bradeen is the new assistant principal at King Middle School; and Blake Kastle is the new assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School. The school-based appointments will be ratified at the Aug. 2 Portland Board of Public Education meeting.

In addition, Terrence Young, formerly Longfellow principal, is now the executive director of district operations. He will head the district’s newly created Business Office, providing leadership, coordination and supervision in the areas of transportation, food services, facilities, finance and human resources and function as the chief operating officer.  The position is a new one achieved by restructuring the finance department and eliminating the executive director for budget and finance position.

“All of these new administrators already have deep connections to the Portland Public Schools, and we’re happy to have them become key members of our leadership team as we embark on the 2022-2023 school year,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. “They have the knowledge, skills, experience and dedication to work to advance the achievement, whole student, people and equity goals of the Portland Promise, our strategic plan, and ensure that all our students have an optimal learning experience.”

The administrators are filling positions that are open for a variety of reasons. The Longfellow principal position has been held for the past eight years by Young before he became executive director of district operations this summer. Lyseth Principal Lenore Williams is on an extended health leave through June 30, 2023 when she will retire. King Assistant Principal Craig Hanson left to become a teacher in Scarborough, where he lives and where his children attend school; Lincoln Assistant Principal Robyn Bailey resigned at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

The district is still in the process of hiring a principal for Rowe Elementary School and assistant principals for Lyseth and Ocean Avenue elementary schools and the Breathe Behavioral Health Continuum program, as well as a director of Food Service.

More information on the newly appointed administrators is below:

Jason Bradeen, Assistant Principal, King Middle School: Jason comes to King Middle School after serving as school counselor and Behavioral Response to Intervention coordinator at Saco Middle School for five years. In addition to these roles, he served on the Safety Committee, District Covid Response Team, coached the track and Unified basketball team, and led the student council. 
Jason’s previous experience has included working as director of summer programs for Waynflete School in Portland; as a school counselor at a charter school in Boston and at a private school for students with language-based learning challenges in California. He then took on the role of founding assistant director at a high school for similar students in that state. Jason encourages students to have a growth mindset, to make the most of their time at school, and to work hard while also having as much fun as possible. He looks forward to joining the team at King and getting to know all the students. 
Jason holds a master’s degree in school counseling from San Jose State University, a master’s in school leadership from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maine, Orono.
Jason lives in Portland with his partner Nicole and their two sons, who both attend Portland Public Schools. He enjoys making sushi, racing bikes, woodworking, traveling to new places, and spending time with his family.

Nicole Bradeen, Principal, Longfellow Elementary School: Nicole has been an educator for over 20 years, with experience as a teacher, administrator and coach. Nicole has been an administrator in public and private schools, mentoring teachers, designing and aligning curriculum, fostering student engagement and voice, igniting social-emotional intelligence, and honoring each child's unique gifts. She looks forward to bringing all aspects of her work to the community at Longfellow as well as to the broader PPS community. 
Nicole joined the Portland Public Schools in 2021 as the district’s coordinator of summer and expanded learning programs. Her prior experience includes being director of community and belonging at Waynflete School; a school coach at the Great Schools Partnership; and positions as an administrator, teacher and coach at schools in California and Massachusetts.
Nicole has been involved in many of the Portland Public Schools’ equity initiatives, including presenting at Parent University and serving as a facilitator on the Family Engagement Advisory Committee. She led affinity groups, co-designed a 21-day anti-Racist course, and has been integrating SEL (social-emotional learning) and restorative justice practices into all her work. 
Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and health from Tufts University, a master's degree in teaching from Lesley University, and a master's degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. 
In her free time, Nicole loves running, hiking, swimming, and exploring new places with her family, sprinkled with a sense of humor! Nicole lives in Portland with her partner Jason and two sons, both students in the Portland Public Schools.

Sara Gips Goodall, Principal, Lyseth Elementary School: Sara is a lifelong educator who is thrilled to be back in her home state of Maine. Sara started teaching in Denver as a fourth- and fifth-grade Spanish bilingual teacher. She deeply believes in the importance of education and the role and power of community in having a voice in shaping the educational system for themselves and their children.
Prior to coming home to Maine, Sara was the principal of McGlone Academy, a public PreK-8 bilingual school in Denver, for nine years. During her nine-year leadership tenure, McGlone grew from a low-performing elementary school to a nationally recognized PreK-8 academy with a vision and mission rooted in equity and community power. This past school year, Sara has gotten the chance to work as a consultant with literacy coaches in the Portland Public Schools to support the early literacy and foundational skills blocks, and is excited to join the PPS team full time.
Sara earned her B.A. from Bates College and holds a master’s in education from the University of Colorado, and a master’s in school leadership from Harvard University.  
Sara loves spending time with her family, and devotes most of her free time tag-teaming with her husband to try to keep up with their almost 5-year-old son (a PPS student!) and 2-year-old daughter.

Blake Kastle, Assistant Principal, Lincoln Middle School: Blake is a passionate educator devoted to creating equitable schools for all students by partnering with parents, students, teachers, and policy makers. She joined the Portland Public Schools in 2019 as assistant principal/lead teacher of the district's Breathe Behavioral Health Continuum, which serves students with serious behavioral and emotional needs.
Before coming to Maine, Blake held a variety of educational and leadership positions in Portland, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; and New York City. Her previous experience includes working as a special education teacher and behavioral specialist, data analyst and professional/community learning manager, education consultant, and as director of a progressive leadership development program.
Blake enjoys working in diverse and collaborative teams and using data to drive for equity. She is skilled at leading teams in collectively developing plans to address student instructional and social emotional needs. As assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School, Blake looks forward to learning from the deep knowledge of this rich community, and bringing folks together in the interest of helping Lincoln grow and progress.
Blake holds a master's degree in urban education policy from Brown University, and a master's of special education from Pace University. She also completed a New York City Teaching Fellow certification program and holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Grinnell College.
Outside of school, Blake loves sharing the wonders of Maine with her two young daughters, her spouse, and their two dogs, and exploring all of the amazing food Portland has to offer. She’s also ALWAYS in the market for a good book.

Terrence Young, Executive Director of District Operations: Terry has been working in public schools for 27 years, eight of which have been with Portland Public Schools as the principal of Longfellow School. Prior to that, Terry was a principal in Saco and an assistant principal in Auburn. He taught elementary and middle school in Massachusetts and Maine for 10 years.
In Portland, Terry has been a member of the Teacher Evaluation Steering Committee and the planning team for professional development for school leaders. He has also served as a mentor for administrators who are new to Portland. In his new role, Terry looks forward to using his experience and skills to provide leadership, direction and a school service orientation in the areas of transportation, food services, facilities, finance, and human resources, which will create an environment that will enhance the ability of Portland schools to more effectively meet the needs of our students. 
Terry earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a master’s of education degree from Boston University, and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Maine. Terry’s dissertation focused on the impact of teacher efficacy on reading instruction at the elementary level. Terry has also been involved with the Portland community, serving as a volunteer for Portland Little League. One of his favorite roles was coach of the Challenger Division, an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.
Terry is originally from the Boston area and has lived in Portland for over twenty years with his wife and two sons, former Portland Public Schools students now in college. The family enjoys all that Maine has to offer, including spending time hiking, camping, and fishing. An avid sports fan, Terry enjoys cheering for his favorite local teams, with the Patriots and Red Sox at the top of that list!