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Elementary education educator

Jeannette Upton Porter, American elementary school educator. Certified master gadener 2008, UFLA master naturalist coastal systems. Recipient 1st Bank award Minneapolis, Red Apple award, Minneapolis, 1988; named Minnesota Teacher of Excellence, 1988-1989.


Porter, Jeannette Upton was born on March 5, 1938 in Minneapolis. Daughter of Robert Livingston and Ruby Jeannette (Thomas) Upton.


Bachelor of Science, University Minnesota, 1960. Bachelor of Science, Mankato State University, 1968. Postgraduate, St. Thomas University, 1991.

IFAS, University Florida, Gainsville, 2000.


Camp director St. Paul's Epsicopal Church, Minneapolis, 1956-1966. Teacher elementary school Bloomington (Minnesota) Public Schools, since 1967, director title I, 1975-1982, teacher special assignment of research and development, 1990-1991. Educational administration Conference Center Office, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, since 1991.

Consultant in educational change and innovations The Institute. Team consultant Hillcrest Community School, Bloomington, 1990—1995. Research teacher special assignment, since 1996.

Volunteer music therapist The Pines Senior Care, Pine City, Minnesota, 2001—2002. Volunteer Nature Conservancy, Avon Park, Florida, since 2001. Exchange teacher Minnesota/China Teacher, Hangzhou, China, 2002—2003.

Minnesota/China exchange teacher, Zhenjiang, China, 2002—2003. Volunteer music teacher Lakeside Medical Center, Pine City, since 2003.


  • Certified master gadener 2008, UFLA master naturalist coastal systems.


Tutor telephone hot line Minnesota Federation Teachers, Minneapolis, 1988—1992. Crisis counselor Neighborhood Improvement Programs, 1988—1993. Adult literacy counselor Right to Read, 1987—1989.

Volunteer Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Education Minnesota, since 2004. Volunteer Lakewatch, University Florida, Gainesville. Volunteer Lake Istokpoga Management Committee, 2006—2008.

Board directors The Institute, since 1997. Secretary/treasurer Friends Istokpoga Lake Association, Inc., since 2002. Director folk music program Sebring Park Fossils, since 2004.

Board directors Estates of Sebring Park Home Owners Association, 2006. Member Association Early Childhood Education (treasurer 1990-1994), Bloomington Education Foundation, Delta Kappa Gamma (1st vice president 1992-1993), Philanthropic and Educational Organization (past president A.C. chapter).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, photography, back packing, pottery, music.


Daughter of Robert Livingston and Ruby Jeannette (Thomas) Upton. Divorced; children: Steven, Fritz, Susan Porter Powell.

Robert Livingston Upton

Ruby Jeannette (Thomas) Upton

Roger Porter

Fritz Porter

Susan Porter Powell Porter

Steven Porter