Porter Contributed / Gorham School Department

Brian Porter, principal at Village Elementary School for 20 years, is moving up to the Gorham district’s front office as assistant superintendent beginning July 1.

Porter, 63, succeeds Christopher Record who is leaving to take the superintendent’s job in Cape Elizabeth.

“It’s been my distinct honor and privilege to serve the community of Gorham in the role of principal of Village School for over 20 years,” Porter told the American Journal. “I am excited to begin this new chapter in my career and look forward to serving the Gorham schools in a new capacity.”

Before coming to Gorham, Porter was a middle school administrator and teacher at SAD 60, the Noble District based in Berwick. Additionally, he spent several years as PreK-8 science coordinator and instructor at Warwick Pointe Academy in Michigan. He has 16 years of teaching experience.

Porter enters his new level of leadership with an “extensive breadth and depth of experience” in both administration and teaching,” Superintendent Heather Perry said in a prepared statement.

His duties will include teacher and administration evaluations, professional development and staff training, safety and emergency planning, policy oversight and development with the School Committee, and federal funding oversight in addition to “all other duties as assigned by the superintendent.”


Perry said Porter’s salary has not yet been negotiated.

School Committee Chairman Darryl Wright said he has has worked with Porter for more than 10 years and is impressed with him. Porter is an “amazing leader” at the school and in other capacities in the district leading numerous committees, Wright said.

“He has a wide breadth of experience in education and is extremely knowledgeable about our district and where we want to go in the future, and he is going to play an important role in helping us get there,” Wright said.

Porter earned a PhD in education leadership and public policy at the University of Southern Maine in 2016.

“I am filled with pride at the growth of our district and look forward to building upon already strong relationships among staff, students, parents and community members, and partnering with Superintendent Heather Perry to lead our district in providing the best education possible for our students. I look forward to the many
new possibilities and opportunities in our adventures ahead,” Porter said.

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