My name is Jeff Portwood. I was born and raised in Beecher, Illinois on a horse farm. Beecher is about 45 minutes south of Chicago. I grew up playing every kind of sport, riding horses, riding dirt bikes, and trying not to get caught at whatever I was not supposed to be doing. Not much has changed. I’m just a little better at some of those things.
I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in education, Physical Education major and Health Education minor. I moved to Greeley, Colorado in 2011 to teach in a self contained severe autism classroom. It was one of the best teaching experiences I have ever had and it helped me to be the teacher I am today. Teaching is in my blood and I’ve enjoyed doing it in many different facets for many years. More so, I look forward to continuing my love for teaching and coaching for many years to come.
Dear Parents, Staff, and Teachers,This is not the way I hoped to make first contact with many of you. Unfortunately, the district has experienced an unfortunate failure that has interrupted the water supply to the Admin and JSHS facilities.Because of this, I, with input from the board, have decided to push school opening at least one week, as we assess the issue and devise a remedy. For now, new staff will report on August 9th, all staff will be at District training on August 10th, Building training will take place on August 11th, and classes will begin on August 12th.Please feel free to contact your school or District administrator if you have any questions. As always I am available to talk at any time. We appreciate your patience during this delay.Thank you and we’re looking forward to an excellent new school year for The Hornet Nation.Best,Kyle CooperSuperintendentHanover School District