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June 5, 2014

Porter retires from McClellan school

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MT. VERNON — —

Kids are great. Kids are kids,” Porter said. “You're going to have some bumps along the way and you're going to have some behavior problems, but really at this school we're pretty fortunate. We have nice families, we have nice kids.”

Prior to starting at McClellan, Porter was a substitute teacher for about a year. Before that, she taught preschool at Logan Street Day Care in Mt. Vernon for nine years.

In addition, Porter taught for four years at the Parkway School District in St. Louis.

Over the years, Porter has seen a lot of changes in education, including the increasing use of technology in the classroom.

Porter said she used an iPad in her class and also took her students to the computer lab once a week. There were also a few computers in her room.

Another recent change has involved a transition to the new Common Core standards for English/language arts and math, which are more “inquiry based” and encourage kids to think about “why” and “how,” Porter said.

Through it all, though, Porter said she looks back fondly on her time at McClellan.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here,” Porter said. “I thank the board and all of my superintendents for giving me the opportunity to work here. … I've made a lot of friends working here and that means a lot to me.”

Erica Hicks has been hired as Porter's replacement.

Porter lives in Mt. Vernon with her husband, Steve. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.

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