February 17, 2020
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Portland Public Schools hires two top administrators

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PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Public Schools has hired Michael Dery as the district’s technology services director and Barbara Stoddard as talent development strategy coordinator.

Dery currently is the city of Portland’s deputy IT director. A retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer with 21 years of service, he worked as IT security manager for Aetna in Hartford for seven years before joining Portland’s IT department in April 2013. Dery graduated from Scarborough High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University and holds numerous technical awards and certifications.

Michael Dery exemplifies our district’s core value of providing excellent customer service,” said Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk, in a press release. “He keeps a positive attitude while holding himself and his team to high standards.”

Stoddard has worked for the Portland Public Schools for the past 18 months as project manager for educator evaluation. In that position, she is helping to design and implement new evaluation systems for teachers and principals. She has more than 18 years of experience working in the municipal sector in finance, public policy, project management, training and development and program evaluation. Stoddard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

“Barbara Stoddard brings rich experience that will help our district achieve its goal of becoming a teaching and learning community,” said Caulk.

Stoddard’s new duties will include recruiting, developing and retaining talented staff. She will oversee professional development and employee evaluations.