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New School Leaders at Moore, Reiche

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New School Leaders at Moore, Reiche
Posted on 06/15/2021
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Pamela Otunnu has been appointed as Lyman Moore Middle School’s assistant principal and Anne Dalphin is a new teacher leader at Reiche Community School.

Otunnu, who has been serving as interim assistant principal at Lyman Moore since January, will now hold that position on a permanent basis. The Portland Board of Public Education approved her appointment at its June 15 meeting.

Also at that Board meeting, Anne Dalphin was presented as a new teacher leader at Reiche.

Both selections are examples of the district’s ongoing effort to create pathways for current Portland Public Schools staff to move into leadership roles.

Pamela Otunnu joined the district in 2014 as a math teacher at King Middle School and has been a math and ELL teacher at Deering High School since 2017. She also served as the district’s STEM coordinator from 2015-2018, and was a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow Instructional Mentor Teacher from 2016-2017. Her previous experience includes teaching math at Brunswick Junior High School.

Otunnu holds a master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Maine. She also earned a certificate of graduate study in teaching English as a Second Language.

She has said her goal at Moore is “to continue to build a positive school climate and culture, without isolating people, in order to close the achievement gap and strive for excellence.”

Superintendent Xavier Botana noted that Otunnu is a PPS graduate. “As a first-generation student whose lived experience is similar to that of many of our students, and as a Black woman, she brings a point of view that is unique to our administrative team,” Botana said. “She will add tremendous value to the work at Moore Middle School and to the district’s administrative team as a whole.”

Anne Dalphin has been an educator for over 15 years, including 13 years as a classroom teacher in grades 3, 4 and 5 at Presumpscot Elementary School.

Botana said, “We are very fortunate to have Annie make this move from Presumpscot to assume this leadership role at Reiche.”

Dalphin has a strong background in the performing arts, including her first career as a classical harpist and an ongoing passion for creating art and poetry. She obtained her master's degree in teaching and learning from New York University in 2001 and her National Board Teaching Certification as a middle generalist in 2017. She is currently enrolled in the educational leadership program at the University of Southern Maine.

During the 2020-2021 school year, she was the teacher leader of the Elementary Remote Academy PK-5, the district distance-learning program serving close to 500 students with 54 staff members.

Dalphin, a Portland resident, is looking forward to continuing to serve students and teachers at Reiche.
PHOTOS: Pamela Otunnu (left) and Anne Dalphin.
Pamela Otunnu Anne Dalphin