Educational Background Information: Mrs. Gwinnell started at Porter as Assistant Principal in February 2012. In January of 2013 she became Principal after serving as interim for the beginning of the school-year. Mrs Gwinnell has been named Eastern Connecticut State University's 2019 Leader in Education. Mrs. Gwinnell will also serve as the key note speaker for Eastern's 2019 Graduate Ceremony. Prior to Porter, Mrs. Gwinnell taught at Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor for 11 years. During her time there she taught Language Arts in grades 6-8th and Math in grade 6. Mrs. Gwinnell has a BA in English from UConn, a BS in Middle Level Education from Eastern, a MS in Reading & Language Arts from Eastern and a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from Central. She is certified to teach grades 4-8 in both Math and LA and holds her administration certification. Recently, Mrs. Gwinnell has completed Uconn's Executive Leadership program where she has earned her Superintendent's certification.