Janice Porter, principal of Burnsville Alternative High School, is being honored by the Minnesota African American Heritage Center Committee (MAAHCC), which is a component of the Progressive Center for Educational and Economic Development Foundation.
Every year the organization selects 12 outstanding and dedicated individuals to feature in their calendar which showcases the accomplishments of African Americans with roots in Minnesota. The 12th Anniversary theme of the 2018 calendar is “The Year of the Educator” and Porter will be one of them.
“They have represented the field of education in an exemplary manner,” wrote Kim White, MAAHCC committee chairperson, in a news release about those selected. “Throughout their distinguished careers, they have actively engaged humanity and promoted the educational interests of Minnesota’s diverse communities.”
She said the calendar is meant to generate discussion about the many contributions of African Americans in the state.
Porter joined Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in August 1998. She’s been a teacher, science specialist, dean of students and associate principal. Most recently, she’s served as director and principal of the Burnsville Area Learning Center and Burnsville Alternative High School. She will retire at the end of February.