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Meet Principal Lillie McMillan           Lillie Picture


Welcome to a true community school where parents and volunteers do all they can to make the academic experience the best for our students. At Porter, we have so many special programs like our "BRIGHT" Program where I am engaging third through fifth grade students in the work of a professional motovational speaker named Principal Kafele. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote student agency, students taking ownership of their own learning, by making decisions that lead to excellence in all that they do. We also learn to debate from the experts here, with more than two dozen judges and attorneys who are regular volunteers and lead our students in mock trials. These are just two of the many programs that energize and educate our students and school community.

I am proud to serve as the educational leader to such a dynamic campus. When I was growing up on the East Coast in a small town in North Carolina, community involvement in school was a way of life. I am happy to see that tradition remains alive here at Porter. Research shows that the more the community and parents get involved in schools, the higher the students achieve. Plus, it's just a wonderful way to show children that you believe in them!

Education has always been my destiny, and it became clear to everyone -- even me -- when by the age of 12, I was leading the adult Sunday school classes in my church. I earned my bachelor's degree from Fayetville State University, and my advanced educational degrees and training from Chapman University. 

We hope to see all parents some time this school year at our regular Family Fridays, at our Fall Festival, African American Speech Meet or Hispanic Cultural Festival. It's going to be a great year at Porter!