PPS Title 1 Coordinator Named John T. Gorman Fellow
Angela Atkinson Duina, the Portland Public Schools Title 1 School Improvement Coordinator, recently was named a 2017 John T. Gorman Foundation Fellow.
The John T. Gorman Fellowship is designed for professionals who aspire to be results-based leaders with the vision, confidence, and competence to advance changes in programs, policies, and systems that can improve the lives of vulnerable people in Maine. Through a series of six two-day seminars and a site visit, the Foundation convenes up to 12 fellows to reflect, explore, and learn more about their leadership practice in the context of personal strengths, organizational roles, and the complex systems in which they work.
The complete list of 2017 John T. Gorman Foundation Fellows is as follows:
Angela Atkinson Duina, Title I School Improvement Coordinator, Portland Public Schools
Liz Cotter Schlax, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Portland
Catherine Hamel, Director, Boys & Girls Club of Bangor, Bangor Housing Development Corporation
Stephanie LeBlanc, Executive Director, Oxford County Mental Health Services
James Martin, Director, Office of Child and Family Services. Department of Health and Human Services
Jenna Mehnert, Executive Director, NAMI-Maine
Robyn Merrill, Executive Director, Maine Equal Justice Partners
Kaylene Mitchell, Dean of Enrollment and Student Success, Southern Maine Community College
Rilwan Osman, Executive Director, Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services
Jason Parent, Executive Director, Aroostook County Action Program
Eliza Townsend, Executive Director, Maine Womens Policy Center
Shawn Yardley, President & CEO, Community Concepts
Founded by Tom Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean, the Portland-based John T. Gorman Foundation works to help disadvantaged Mainers and strengthen the state’s families and communities. Among the foundation’s goals is improving educational achievement for young Maine children.
For the past few months, Angela Atkinson Duina has chaired the Parent Partnership Policy Ad Hoc Committee, which the Portland Board of Public Education created this past summer to assist in enhancing the district’s engagement with families. The group recently completed a draft School and Family Partnership Policy for the board to consider.