PorterAndy Porter has taught math for three decades, starting as a student teacher — committing every year to Lakeridge High School.

“I have enjoyed every step of the road with these kids,” said Porter, 58.

Porter chose his profession partly so he could have a job he could do in more than one locale in case his wife, Jackie Diedrich, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, was reassigned to a different area. Turns out, they didn’t need to relocate, and he and the woman he calls his soul mate will mark their 31st anniversary this April.

Porter will have more time to spend with her since he is leaving Lakeridge, retiring at the end of the school year.

“The thing I will really miss is the incredibly, deep, sound relationships I’ve had with the people who work here. I will really miss being with so many people with a deep belief in this mission to help kids learn.”

Porter served the Lake Oswego Education Association’s bargaining team for about 20 years, becoming a team member, then a chairman. He also volunteered to support sports teams: football, baseball, wrestling. He also supervised the American Math Competition for almost his entire time at Lakeridge.

“I have done my best and tried to make sure that my employers got value for the dollar and that kids were treated with love, kindness, courtesy and respect as I guided them toward a more detailed understanding of mathematics,” Porter said.

When he retires, he can explore his other hobbies, which include investing and golfing as much as possible in as many of the best courses as he can get to. He’d also like to travel to Colorado in the fall when the white-trunked aspen trees’ leaves take on orange and red hues. He’d also like to catch the autumn views in New England and weather the first winter snowstorm in Montana. Plus, he’d love to travel internationally.

Every day, he’s been doing one thing to prepare for his retirement — handing off one of his duties or projects to another staff member or bringing home an item or two.

“I’m easing my way out,” he said.

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