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New School Leaders/Other Administrators Welcomed

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New School Leaders/Other Administrators Welcomed
Posted on 08/30/2018
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The Portland Public Schools welcomes 10 administrators to new positions at the school and district level for the 2018-2019 school year.

The administrators appointed are: Boyd Marley, principal of East End Community School; Kelly Thornhill, assistant principal at East End Community School; Alyson Dame, assistant principal at Deering High School; Robyn Bailey, assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School; Kelly Hasson, teacher leader at Peaks Island and Cliff Island elementary schools; Renee Bourgoine-Serio, teacher leader at Reiche Community School; Kristie Morin, director of the Bayside Learning Community; Nancy Dwyer, assistant director of Student Support Services; Elizabeth Love, PAE assistant director; and Mostafa Rostampour, Executive Director of Data and Technology for the district.

“I welcome all 10 leaders to their new positions,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. “We have an extraordinary team of leaders in our schools. I am pleased that with their knowledge, skills, and experiences, they will further strengthen the leadership of the Portland Public Schools.”

More information on the recently appointed administrators is below:

Boyd Marley, Principal of East End Elementary School (EECS): Marley served as the interim principal of EECS during the 2017-2018 school year. He joined the district in 2013 as assistant principal of EECS. Previously, he worked as a special education teacher in the South Portland schools for 18 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology; a master’s degree in education; and a certificate of advanced study in grant writing. Marley also is a former state legislator, serving in the Maine House of Representatives from 2000-2008.

Kelly Thornhill, Assistant Principal of East End Community School: Thornhill served as interim assistant principal of EECS during the 2017-2018 school year. She has been employed by the district since 2015, when she was hired as a teacher at EECS. Previously, she worked in MSAD 15 (Gray-New Gloucester) as a teacher, teacher leader and instructional coach. She also has been a state network educator and a teaching consultant at St. Joseph’s College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences; a master’s degree in teaching and learning; and a certificate of graduate study in assistant principal certification. Thornhill says she values doing what is best for students, building positive relationships, being visible, focusing on the whole student and fostering a positive climate and culture. She is very excited to continue to work and grow with EECS students, staff and families.

Alyson Dame, Assistant Principal of Deering High School: Dame grew up in Maine, and is happy to be returning after eighteen years away. After studying religion and environmental studies at Oberlin College, she received a master’s degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School, but discovered that she felt most at home in the high school classroom. She taught English for seven years at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., before becoming an assistant principal at that school, overseeing English as a New Language, data, and educational technology for three years. She holds a school building leader certificate from the Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program in New York.

Robyn Bailey, Assistant Principal of Lincoln Middle School: Bailey began her educational career with the Portland Public Schools in 1998, beginning as an educational technician at Lincoln Middle School after earning a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and education from St. Anselm and the University of Southern Maine. While working at PPS, she enrolled in ETEP, earning a master’s degree in teaching and learning literacy from USM. In 2013, she completed her ELL endorsement and transferred those skills into consulting and instructional leadership for the district and its Multilingual & Multicultural Center.  After varied leadership roles, Bailey successfully completed her certificate of advanced study in educational leadership through USM in 2017.

Kelly Hasson, Teacher Leader of Peaks Island and Cliff Island elementary schools: Hasson’s experience as a principal, teacher leader and teacher spans 37 years. Most recently, Hasson was principal of Pond Cove Elementary School in Cape Elizabeth from 2012-2017. Prior to that, Hasson’s experience included being principal of Hall Elementary School; principal and teaching strategist at Peaks and Cliff Island elementary schools; a teacher and teacher leader at Pond Cove; and a teacher at Rockport Elementary School in Rockport. Hasson also is an alumnus of Peaks Island Elementary School – and is thrilled to be going back! She holds a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from the University of Maine; a master’s degree in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Maine.

Renee Bourgoine-Serio, Teacher Leader at Reiche Community School: Bourgoine-Serio most recently was teacher leader of the Peaks and Cliff Island elementary school, a position she held since the 2015-2016 school year. She is certified in elementary education and ESL and began her career with the Portland Public Schools in 1990. During that time, she worked in Portland Adult Education and schools that included Reiche, Nathan Clifford Elementary School, Deering High School and Ocean Avenue Elementary School. From 2010 to 2012, she was a first grade teacher at the Shekou International School in southern China, where she also led a professional learning community charged with selecting an English language assessment for the school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in literacy education and ESL from the University of Southern Maine. She has a certificate in administration through the Leaders of Tomorrow’s Schools cohort at USM.

Kristie Morin, Director of the Bayside Learning Community: Morin has more than a decade of experience as a behavioral and instructional educational leader. She most recently was director of the Gartley Street School, a K-12 day treatment program and high school alternative education program of the Lisbon public schools. Her previous experience includes being assistant principal at the Philip W. Sugg Middle School in Lisbon; director of education/lead teacher at the Renaissance School in Auburn; and an adjunct teacher at Kaplan University in Lewiston. Morin also has been a physical education/health teacher and a business entrepreneur. She is currently working on earning a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of New England and holds a master’s in health education from Kaplan University, and a bachelor’s in education from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

Nancy Dwyer, Assistant Director of Student Support Services: Dwyer most recently was assistant director of special education for the Lewiston Public Schools. Her more than two decades of experience in education also includes being a behavior strategist/special education teacher and also autism strategist for MSAD 51 (Cumberland/North Yarmouth). She also worked as a teacher for MSAD 13. Dwyer holds a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine; a master’s in education from New England College; and a bachelor’s in speech communication from the University of Maine. 

Elizabeth Love, Assistant Director of Portland Adult Education: Love holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Wesleyan University.  Her experience in administration includes four years leading ESOL, adult education programs and fundraising with Safe Passage/Camino Seguro in Guatemala, and four years in workforce development with Coastal Enterprises, Inc., in Brunswick, Maine.

Mostafa Rostampour, Executive Director of Data and Technology:
Rostampour grew up in Kurdistan, part of Iran, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theoretical economics. After graduating, his experience included working for the Ministry of Economy in Tehran. However, he was forced to flee his country and came to Maine. He was granted political asylum in 1999. In this country, Rostampour earned an associate’s degree in applied science (computer technology). He then attended the University of Southern Maine’s Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) to become a high school math teacher. He finished his first year of E-commerce ETEP while taking some graduate courses to gain a master’s degree in education. He joined the Portland Public Schools as a language facilitator at Deering High School, and then was hired as a computer field technician in the district’s Information Technology department in 2005. He held that position for more than nine years until he was promoted to data center systems engineer. He took a plethora of computer courses and earned several certificates in his field. After 12 years at the Portland Public Schools, he decided to focus on the directing and management trajectory of his expertise, and worked for Pine Tree Legal Assistance, as well as several other nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, for about fifteen months. His love for education and the Portland Public Schools pulled him back to the district, and he will now be the district’s Executive Director of Data and Technology, starting Oct. 1. Rostampour said he is “beyond excited to see how I can positively impact this unique community.”