Year Honored: 2000Hartford County Public Schools
Bel Air, MD
At the time of the Award, Alberta Porter was:Teacher
Riverside Elementary School
Since 2003, Alberta Porter has been a mentor teacher to first- and second-year teachers at Church Creek Elementary School and George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale in Harford County. In October 2000, when she was named a Milken Educator, Porter was a third-grade teacher at Riverside Elementary School in Joppa Maryland. Based on an outstanding Teacher of the Year nomination package completed by two of her students, Porter was named Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2001-2002, and was one of seven semi-finalists for Maryland State Teacher of the Year. While working as a mentor teacher, Porter began working on a new Maryland State Department of Education initiative, The MSDE Comic Book Initiative, a partnership with Diamond Comic Book Distributors and Disney Comics. Along with fellow Harford County Milken Educator Jennifer Palmer (MD '02), Porter worked on the writing curriculum and presented at the International Reading Association Conference with Comic Book Initiatve Partners. George D. Lisby Elementary School has been featured in articles by The Washington Post, Japan's Nikkei newspaper and The Baltimore Sun, among others, as well as on numerous television programs including CBS This Morning, and on local radio and television stations. In 2005 Porter became a Title I teacher specialist serving schoolwide Title I schools. In her position, Porter has been instrumental in writing grants to fund professional development initiatives. As a Milken Educator, Porter has been instrumental in gaining support from state legislators on a variety of school initiatives and has received additional support from the region's state senator for continued funding of an afterschool program. State legislators often visit the schools in which Porter works and legislators have even taught lessons. Porter received another master of education degree in administration, and has received an Administrator I endorsement. She continues to volunteer at her church and serves as a Harford County Outreach Community Mediator.