Welcome to our new website! Our hope is that this new site will increase communication between the school, our families, and the community.
This is my second year as the Superintendent of Portland Public Schools and I am just as excited for year two as I was for year one. This is absolutely a great place to work and to go to school. I am very fortunate to be at the district in which my children, Bella, Anna, and Sammy-J go to school, and to be able to work with my wife, Jamie, who is a DK teacher at Oakwood. There is plenty of Raider PRIDE in our family! Portland is and always will be home to our family.
I earned my Bachelor's of Science Degree from Michigan State University in Biological Science Interdepartmental. After MSU I spent five years teaching science at Owosso High School. I obtained my Master's degree from Grand Valley State University in Secondary Education Administration. This degree allowed me to move into administration and I spent six years at Morrice Area Schools serving as the Jr/Sr High Principal and Superintendent. I was very fortunate and privileged during my career to serve a total of 16 years in the U.S. Navy (5 years on active duty and 11 years as a reservist) as both a flight engineer and leadership instructor.
It is my job to ensure that Portland Public Schools provides the best education for all students in Portland. The decisions that we make as a district are always made with a focus on what is in the best interest of our students, families, and community. We are excited that in the years ahead you will see a steady increase in opportunities for all students. While Portland may grow and opportunities may increase, we will still embrace the small town feel that makes Portland a special place to live, work, and go to school.
Please give me a call, send me an email, or flag me down when you see me if you have a concern, comment, suggestion, or just want to talk education.