PORTLAND Primary School’s new principal Stephanie Carter is young to be a principal, but some inspiring experiences and mentors have opened the right doors for her. Mrs Carter, 30, said she had always wanted to be a teacher, but after teaching for several years she began to be interested in the leadership of schools. Mrs Carter said the benefit of being a principal was being able to improve educational opportunities for children and ensure they had the skills they need to be successful. She comes from a family history of teaching and leading schools. “My grandfather and stepfather were both principals so I’m kind of used to it,” Mrs Carter said. She is not unfamiliarPortlandPrimary Schooland in fact spent term two last year in the role of acting principal. Last year’s experience followed a course run in 2011 for aspiring principals and included several weeks as principal atDartmoorPrimary School. “It up-skilled me in lots of ways,” Mrs Carter said. Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.