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Portland Public Schools Fills Several Administrative Posts

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Portland Public Schools Fills Several Administrative Posts
Posted on 08/05/2015
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Portland Public Schools Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker has announced the appointment of three key administrative staff members: Becky Foley, chief academic officer; Fred Barlow, director of transportation; and Nancy Kimberly Brandt, director of school management. Brandt goes by the name "Kim."

The announcement took place at a Portland Board of Public Education meeting on Aug. 4.

For the past four years, Foley has been assistant superintendent of MSAD 52, which serves the communities of Turner, Leeds and Greene. Her extensive career in education also includes 13 years as a principal and assistant principal at schools in North Yarmouth and Turner. She also has experience teaching in elementary and middle schools in various Maine communities.

She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Maine (USM) and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Maine Farmington, and is currently working on a doctorate in public policy at USM.

Foley fills the CAO position formerly held by David Galin, who left earlier this year to pursue a career opportunity in another field.

Brandt for the past two years has been assistant superintendent for RSU 16, which serves Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls. Prior to that position, Brandt was principal of Greely Middle School for 14 years. In 2012, during her tenure there, she was named the Maine Middle School Principal of the Year.

Brandt holds a certificate of advanced educational studies from USM, as well as a master’s degree in intercultural communication and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Brandt has been appointed to the director of school management position held by Crocker until she became interim superintendent on Aug. 1.

Barlow has directed transportation for the Wheatland Chili and East Ramapo school districts in New York, transporting 800 and 12,200 children respectively. In the private sector, Barlow led a terminal for Durham School Services that operated 35 routes for the Rochester, N.Y. school district and the Monroe County Preschool Program. He also managed New York University’s transportation system providing more than 650,000 rides during the fall and spring semesters. Barlow is certified in New York as a school bus driver instructor for classroom training and as a passenger carrier defensive driving examiner, and his training experience includes courses sponsored by the National Safety Council, American Red Cross and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Barlow has a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and management from Syracuse University.

Crocker also formally announced the appointment of Rene Bourgoine-Serio as teacher leader of the Peaks Island and Cliff Island elementary schools. Bourgoine-Serio has been with the district since 1990, most recently as a teacher at the Ocean Avenue Elementary School. Prior to that, she spent two years as an elementary school teacher in an international school in southern China. In addition to elementary teaching, she has also worked in the district as an English language learner specialist and teacher and as an early childhood literacy specialist. She also spent two years as a graduate school instructor at USM.

Bourgoine-Serio earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in literacy education and ESL from USM. She is currently pursuing certification in administration through the Leaders of Tomorrow’s Schools cohort at USM.

This past April, Bourgoine-Serio was chosen as the Portland Sea Dogs Teacher of the Month.
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​(Photos: Featured at top of the page is CAO Becky Foley. Pictured here is Kim Brandt, director of school management.)