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Transitions in Leadership

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Transitions in Leadership
Posted on 01/12/2021
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The Remote Academy has a new principal: Jake Giessman. Jake is temporarily moving from his position as assistant principal at Lyman Moore Middle School to lead RA. He started in his new role on Jan. 4. Pamela Otunnu, a math and ELL teacher at Deering High School, is stepping into the role of acting assistant principal at Moore.

Jesse Robinson, who as RA principal this past fall successfully led the tremendous task of getting the district’s newest and largest school up and running, has returned to her role as the district’s Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction. She’s now focusing her attention back to driving PPS’ instructional priorities.

Jake joined Moore as assistant principal in 2015. His previous experience includes being director of a gifted and talented program and coordinator of summer school programs at a school district in Columbia, Mo.; head of school at the Academy Hill School in Springfield, Mass.; and a teacher in Connecticut. Jake holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Johns Hopkins University, a specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard University.

Jake said, “It’s remarkable what the RA team has been able to build from the ground up. Remote Academy plays a crucial role in our community during the pandemic. I’m excited to partner with staff, students, and families to carry this work forward.”

Pamela 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.

Pamela holds a master’s degree in education and a 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 from USM.

Pamela's first full day at Moore is Jan. 13. She said her goal at the school 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.”

Photos: Shown, clockwise from top left, are new RA Principal Jake Giessman; Acting Lyman Moore Middle School Assistant Principal Pamela Otunnu; and PPS Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Jesse Robinson.
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