Retired teacher wins seat on Nashua school boardBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
March 20. 2018 11:06PM
NASHUA — Newcomer Susan Porter easily defeated former school board member Sandra Ziehm for a vacant seat on the Board of Education during Tuesday’s special election.
Porter was the highest vote-getter with a total of 1,456 votes over Ziehm’s 453.
Porter, a retired city teacher, faced off against Ziehm, who previously served as president of the Board of Education during a portion of her 11-year stint on the board.
Porter retired last year as a teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Nashua where she worked for 28 years. Porter previously served on the New Hampshire Task Force on Effective Teaching while focusing her subcommittee work on professional development.
“I am a strong supporter of public education. It is really the foundation of our democracy — free and public education for all,” Porter said recently. “I think the city’s children deserve the best education we can give them.”
Porter, who has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, said it would be beneficial to have a former teacher on the school board to offer a valuable perspective, especially when considering policies and procedures. During her teaching time in Nashua, she worked as an English Language Learner teacher, and she taught second, fourth and fifth grades.
After her 34-year career in education, Porter said it is time for her to use her experience to give back to the community.
On Tuesday she won a vacant seat left when Robert Hallowell abruptly resigned from the school board in November — just a few weeks after a separate city election last fall.
The Nashua Teachers’ Union was supporting Porter during Tuesday’s election.
Her opponent, Ziehm, said earlier that she was running once again to provide some expertise, insight and kindness to the board.
“There is more power in the team than one individual. We need all of our members to be on the same team — that is one of my greatest desires,” said Ziehm. She previously served as a member of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, and is the owner of Harmony Real Estate.