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Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed - Co-Principal


Dr. Ahmed began his teaching career in 2003 in the Portland Public Schools. He joined Deering in 2005 as a physical science teacher and became the first certified public school teacher of Arabic Language in Maine. Dr. Ahmed earned a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Maine where he conducted his dissertation research on Refugee Parental Involvement in Schools. He has his Masters of Science in Education from the University of Southern Maine, his teacher certification through the Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP), and his Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from Pakistan. Dr. Ahmed was born and raised in Somalia, a small country in East Africa. He speaks Somali, Arabic, English, and Urdu. He is married and the father of four children.

Alyson Dame - Co-Principal


Alyson Dame is one of Deering's two co-principals. She began teaching as an English teacher in Brooklyn, NY where she went on to serve as an Assistant Principal.  She was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to her home state of Maine in 2018, when she began working at Deering.  She is passionate about leading a school that is committed to valuing, challenging, and empowering every student.

Dr. Jake Giessman - Assistant Principal


Dr. Giessman has taught and been an administrator in elementary, middle, and high schools in New England and the Midwest. He joined Portland Public Schools in 2015 as Assistant Principal at Lyman Moore Middle School.