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Super Principal Bill Anton

October is National Principals Month and the Portland Public Schools is taking this opportunity to shine a spotlight on our principals, who are super. We celebrate and appreciate them not only this month but always! To showcase them, we have asked our principals to answer five questions about themselves and their leadership role. We also asked what superpower they'd like to have to aid in their jobs.

We're featuring each principal individually during this month. Read on to learn more about Super Principal Bill Anton of Amanda Rowe Elementary School:

Amanda Rowe Elementary School

Principal Bill Anton

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Born in Iowa, raised in California, lived in Georgia, North Carolina, Vermont, and now Maine! I have been married to my wife Meredith for 27 years and we have two adult offspring, Miles (20, Halifax) and Colette (24, Boston). I started as a third grade teacher in my 30s after spending my 20s in Atlanta doing a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits. I taught third grade and was an assistant principal in North Carolina. In Vermont, I was an elementary principal and a superintendent.

2) What inspired you to become a principal?

I left being a superintendent because I missed the daily interaction with students and colleagues. I am excited to be the principal at Rowe!

3) What do you feel most passionate/excited about in your job?

I get energized by putting people in positions of success. I love working with professionals who dedicate their lives to empowering students and building positive communities.

4) What's the most challenging part of being a principal?

Limited resources in serving our students, families, and colleagues.

5) If you could choose to have a superpower to help you in your job, what would it be?

Giving every person what they need, every day.