Portland schools appoint new administrators

  • Mail this page!
  • Delicious
  • 0

PORTLAND — The School Department has filled administrative vacancies in four schools.

Affective July 1, Dawn Kenniston will be the principal at Fred P. Hall Elementary School.

Kenniston replaces Cynthia Remick, who is taking a position in another school district. Remick had been Hall’s principal since 2012.

Kenniston is a former principal at Longfellow Elementary, but was on leave this year.

Abdullahi Ahmed will be assistant principal at Deering High School, Jake Giessman will be the new assistant principal at Lyman Moore Middle School, and Ted Hummel will be the new teacher leader at Reiche Elementary School.

Giessman is the only one of the four who is new to the department; he is relocating from Columbia, Missouri, where he was the director of the Columbia Public Schools’ secondary gifted and talented program for the past five years, and coordinator of the district’s summer school program.

Ahmed and Hummel were both teachers at their respective schools.

Ahmed, who has been with the School Department since 2001 and now teaches Arabic and earth science at Deering, will take over the position vacated by James Moses.

Giessman will fill the job left by Moses’s wife, Louise.

The Moseses are retiring.

Hummel replaces Kevin Brewster, who is returning to strictly a teaching role.

In a press release, Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk welcomed the four new administrators while thanking the outgoing administrators for their service.

“We hate to lose such dedicated leaders who have had illustrious careers with the Portland Public Schools,” Caulk said in the release. “I thank them for their service to our students and families. At the same time, we’re very pleased to be able to bring on new leaders who can continue their work and add to the success of our schools.”

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net.