Virginia Porter, Farmington State Normal School, ca. 1907


Virginia A. Porter was a teacher at Farmington State Normal School for 32 years, from 1907 to 1939. Over her long career, she taught childrens' literature, grammar, composition, penmanship, and geography.

Having no post-secondary education, she was hired to teach at F.S.N.S. based on her achievements as a teacher at Pembroke High School and Orono High School. She was well-loved by the students, and became the head of the English department in 1932.

Miss Porter was also active outside the classroom, leading geography field trips around town and to the local quarries. She founded the Modern Authors Club in 1927, which was a very popular student organization. She remained the club's adviser during her tenure at the school.

She was named Professor Emeritus of Farmington State Teachers College in 1957.

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