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Portland Fire's Operations Chief Becomes Elementary School Principal for a Day


"Principal" Nohr welcomes a student to school

John Nohr, Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Operations Chief, traded his fire badge and radio for a chalkboard and a playground whistle to participate in Portland Public School’s 11th Annual “Principal for Almost a Day” event.

Principal for a Day is a project of the Portland Schools Foundation that brings local community leaders representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors into schools across the Portland Public School District. The program is designed to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding among community leaders of the strengths and challenges of Portland Public Schools,
  • Demonstrate commitment to ensuring a quality public education for all students, and
  • Form ongoing partnerships between individuals, businesses, and the Portland Public School District.

“Principal” John Nohr arrived early this morning at Stephenson Elementary School in SW Portland to greet students on their way to class.  During his visit, “Principal” Nohr had the opportunity to interact with students, teachers, other faculty, and principals in an actual learning environment, sharing ideas and learning about the school's day-to-day operations.

At the end of the experience, all guest principals will convene with the superintendent of schools and discuss their experiences and potential commitments and plans for future involvement with their host school.

Last year in October, Chief Nohr was Principal for a Day at Harvey Scott School in NE Portland. Read about his experience here

A big thanks to Stephenson Elementary School’s principal, staff, and students for letting PF&R be a part of your day! Learn more about Stephenson Elementary at  



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   October 20, 2011 


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