Portland has chosen a familiar face to take over the helm of Moore Middle School, selecting Stephen Rogers for a one-year appointment as interim principal.

Rogers, assistant principal at Portland High School for the past five years, was previously principal at Moore for nine years.

Rogers said he will focus on improving achievement scores, especially in math and literacy, make community connections to keep schoolwork relevant and work to improve learning for students of different linguistic backgrounds.

Rogers started his career as a math teacher in South Portland, taught in Portland high schools, coached several sports and the math team and was principal of Gorham High School in the 1990s when it was named one of the top schools nationally for innovative practices.