Dr. Mark L. Porterie was appointed Superintendent of the Port Arthur, ISD on October 24, 2013. Previously, Dr. Porterie had been a secondary teacher, elementary teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant to the superintendent, assistant superintendent and, since 2010, deputy Superintendent of PAISD.

Dr. Porterie oversees the education of more than 9,000 students in 15 locations. He is working closely with the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary, Chief Academic Officers for secondary and elementary schools, and Curriculum Specialists on implementing changes to the state’s education system to better align services, supports, and funding from pre-kindergarten through higher education levels to help the district reach its goal.
In addition to the education reform efforts currently in place, key education priorities include implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the district’s curriculum of choice CSCOPE, ensuring students enter school ready to learn, a continued focus on literacy and closing the achievement gap, and ensuring Port Arthur graduates leave college and career ready.

Dr. Porterie is a lifelong resident of Port Arthur. His entire educational career has been with the Port Arthur ISD. He has served as Principal of Sam Houston and Booker T. Washington Elementary schools where both school were recognized under his leadership. He was a Summit teacher and regular education instructor and started his career teaching secondary at Lamar Alternative school. Dr. Porterie has provided leadership in areas of Response to Intervention (RTI) with an intentional focus on closing the achievement gap.

Dr. Porterie earned his bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University. He was awarded his administrative/superintendent’s credentials from Lamar University. He also earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership form NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. Dr. Porterie is married to Caffrie J. Porterie and they have one daughter, Imani.

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