Kay Port has been the iCARE team director at the Stark County Educational Service Center since April 2011.
After graduating from Perry High School in 1976, Kay earned a Bachelor of Science in Education K-12 degree in 1980 from Ohio State University. She began her teaching career in Columbus in 1980 and returned to her alma mater in 1982 to continue her educational profession.
In 1994, she earned a Master of Education degree in Computer Science and in 2004 a master’s degree in School Administration from Ashland University. Kay was instrumental in building the Medical Tech Prep program at Perry High School, where she taught medical chemistry for years. In 2005, Kay transitioned from the classroom into administration and retired from Perry Local Schools in 2010.
In addition to her love of teaching, Kay spent more than 20 years coaching for Perry High School.
In her spare time, she enjoys singing in the Louisville Community Choir and church choir, traveling, walking on any beach, golfing, reading, exercising and cooking.
What is the last book you read?
“Quiet” by Susan Cain (354 pages, 2012). It is an extraordinary book that offers insight into how introverts are equally important to our lives and how they see themselves.
What book have you read more than once because you love it so much?
“The Shack” by William P. Young (251 pages, 2007). The Shack reveals important truths that transforms the main character’s understanding of a tragedy in his life. Furthermore, it allowed me to reflect on various events in my own life.
What section of the library or bookstore do you visit first?
Anything nonfiction, especially books on cooking and home improvement.
What is the last book that made you laugh out loud?
“The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank” by Erma Bombeck (217 pages, 1976). It is marvelously funny, as Erma shares her wit and personal truths about living in the suburbs.
What is the last book that made you cry?
“The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog” by Bruce D. Perry (366 pages, 2006). With my line of work in the schools, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Perry speak and then read this book. I was only able to read short sections at a time due to the overwhelming descriptions of a traumatized children.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Erma Bombeck is my favorite author. I just enjoy how she finds the humor in everyday life and reminds me to keep smiling.
What is the first book you remember reading?
“Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell (255 pages, 1877). I remember running to the neighborhood book mobile to check out a stack of books and then asking my mom to buy this book so I could keep it. I still have it on my book shelf.