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.
Last school year was among the most heartbreaking and frightening nine months in Stark County school history. School leaders buried 25 students or recent graduates, including roughly a dozen of them who died by suicide. One student plotted to kill his fellow classmates before deciding to turn the gun on himself. Threats of violence bombarded nearly every local school district, and more than 1,500 Stark County children were taken to nearby hospitals for mental health concerns. School leaders and staff didn’t know what to do.