Mark T. Porter, J.D. began on August 1, 2012, as the first School Board hired Superintendent of Schools for the Monroe County Schools. Before joining the Monroe County Schools, Porter served as Superintendent of Schools for the South Washington County School District, Cottage Grove, Minnesota (enrollment 17,000 students). He has also been Assistant Superintendent and Director for Human Resources/Legal Services in both the South Washington County Schools and Independent School District 196, Apple Valley, MN (enrollment 27,000 students). Mr. Porter began his career in education as a teacher/coach in the Spring Lake Park High School, Spring Lake Park, MN, before moving on to Woodbury High School, Woodbury, MN, in the same capacity, where he also later became the Activities Director for the South Washington County Schools. In addition, he served as a member of the School Board in the South Washington County Schools from 1996-2000.
Mr. Porter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, with majors in mathematics and physical education, before obtaining a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN.
Mark and his wife Jane have three grown sons, two of whom are living in Minnesota, and one who lives in Orlando, Florida. They are excited as they begin their new adventure in the Monroe County Schools and the Florida Keys.
“I believe in a model of continuous improvement and performance excellence, and I am excited to work with the outstanding staff, students and communities of the Monroe County Schools to move our school district from being one of the best in the State of Florida to being one of the best in the Nation.”
The Superintendent of Schools is the chief administrative officer of the district, appointed by and directly responsible to the School Board. The Superintendent serves as an ex-officio member of the Board, facilitates the work of the Board and is responsible to the School Board for providing direction and leadership to the school district.