head of school
Sue Porter joined Orinda Academy as Head of School in June of 2018. Sue received her A.B. from Brown University, master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed.) and Smith College School for Social Work (MSW), and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.
Sue has worked in schools as a health educator, school counselor, school trustee, and consultant for over two decades. Her primary focus is on establishing and supporting healthy school environments, working with adults to effect positive change within school systems, and supporting students and their parents.
She has also has written extensively about adolescence, including about stress in schools, the boundaries between teachers and students, and most recently about bullying. She is the author of two books, Relating to Adolescents: Educators in a Teenage World (Rowman &Littlefield, 2008) and Bully Nation: Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression Is Bad For Everyone (Paragon House, 2013).