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Daniel Porter

Assistant Superintendant

  • 970-565-7522 x1133

When and why did you join the district?
My goal after college was always to come back home to Cortez.  My family was steeped in public service and responsibility to your neighbors, so I knew I needed to do something that could make a difference.   My mother taught here for 30 years and I had seen the positive impact she and other teachers made on this small town. In 1998 I had an opportunity to go to work for the district as an ESS para. I was privileged to work with a high need student for 2 years before moving into a dean of students’ position.  

What is your experience?   
This is my 28th year in education. All but 6 years of that has been with RE-1.
I taught at a United Way preschool for 3 years while going to school at CSU for my MA in educational leadership.
I have served as an ESS para for a high needs student, Counselor at Manaugh ,  Dean of students at Mesa, 3 years middle/elementary principal in Dove Creek (also taught a section of middle school social studies and served as the athletic director).  17 years as principal of Lewis/Pleasant View/with some combination of Beach Street kindergarten or Human Resources, and Assistant Superintendent. 
Throughout this time I have had the good fortune to Coach Football, Basketball and Track at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.    

What is your favorite thing about our district and/or community?
 Of course, my favorite thing about the district is always going to be the people, starting with students. The incredible people and relationships are very gratifying.     
 I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunities that this district and community has afforded me as a student, parent and employee.   

Who was your favorite K-12 teacher and why?
That is a tough one.  There are so many that enriched my life.  
I will have to go with Vic Bruce.  Vic was one of my high school science teachers in a very competent department that included Dave Umbarger and Ken Carmichael.  Vic had high expectations and taught with humor.  
Vic also coached panther football, and so between the classroom and practice I spent 4 hours a day with Coach Bruce in the fall for a couple of years.   In both settings he demanded the best a person could give but was also able to instruct what that should look like.   
Mr. Bruce (as assistant superintendent) continued to shape my future when he offered to hire me, again guiding me through critical steps. 
Shout out to you, Vic!

Office Location

Downey Admin Building