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Who was Dr. Gilbert L. Porter ?



Our school, Dr. Gilbert L. Porter Elementary "The School of Discovery", is named after one of Miami's outstanding educators.

Dr. Gilbert Lawrence Porter was born in Baldwin City, Kansas. He earned a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Talladega College; a Master's degree in educational administration from the University of Michigan and his Ph. D. from Ohio State University.


He began his professional career as a teacher of Science in the public schools of Florida. He was the first full-time paid executive secretary of the Florida State Teachers Association. When that organization merged with the Classroom Teachers Association he moved to Miami as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Dade County Schools. He retired from that position in 1973.


Dr. Porter was married to Willie Pearl Keller. They have two children: Mrs. Laurestine Porter Hamm, a media specialist at Arcola Lakes Elementary and Albert Wesley who is the owner of The Porter Oil Company.


We are committed to provide educational excellence for all.




We provide the highest quality education so that all of our students are empowered to lead productive and fulfilling lives as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.




We pursue the highest standards in academic achievement and organizational performance.


We build positive relationships through honesty, respect and compassion, which enhance the self-esteem, safety, and well-being of our students, families and staff.


We foster an environment that serves all students and aspires to eliminate the achievement gap.


We honor the diversity of our community by working as a team to ensure the educational success of all of our students and recognize that our obligations go beyond our professional responsibilities to promote democratic principles.

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