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About Dr. Mark Porterie

Dr. Mark Porterie has been superintendent for the Port Arthur Independent School District since January 2014. He holds the distinction of being the first superintendent in PAISD history to be named Region 5 Superintendent of the Year. He was selected for the recognition in 2018, from among leaders of 35 Southeast Texas school districts. Dr. Porterie was also one of five finalists for Superintendent of the Year for the state of Texas. Those honors are among the highlights of his nearly 30 years in the field of education.

During the course of his distinguished career, which has been dedicated entirely to PAISD, Dr. Porterie has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant to the superintendent, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent and interim superintendent.

Since assuming the role as the district’s top educator, Dr. Porterie has overseen the passage of a $195 million bond, which allowed the construction of several new schools and the renovation of other campuses. He oversaw the transformation of Booker T. Washington Elementary School into a K-2nd grade campus and DeQueen Elementary into a 3rd-5th grade campus. The adjustments were made in an effort to improve the reading skills of students.  Under Dr. Porterie’s leadership, all PAISD schools met the state accountability standard for the 2016-2017 school year. During the 2017-2018 school year, he worked with students, parents, and community leaders to create a five-year strategic plan for the district.

Dr. Porterie and his wife Caffrie are the parents of one daughter, Imani, who is a 2015 graduate of Memorial High School. The Porteries are members of Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Porterie is actively involved in numerous organizations and serves in various capacities on several boards.

Administrative Staff

Alma Leblanc Secretary to Superintendent/Board Liaison 409-989-6295
Carolyn Collins Secretary to Superintendent 409-989-6244
Adrienne Lott Director of Communications Services 409-989-6160


Degrees and Certifications:
Doctor of Education - NOVA Southeastern University

Superintendent's Contract