|“||You look a little stressed. I mean, as stressed as someone as beautiful as you can look.||”|
Monte Porter is a recurring character in the second, third, fourth, and fifth season of The Fosters. She appears for the first time in Someone's Little Sister as the new principal of the Anchor Beach Community Charter School.
Monte is portrayed by Annika Marks.
Monte starts her job as a new principal of Anchor Beach Community Charter School in Someone's Little Sister. She is not an experienced educator, as she worked in business previously, something that made the school staff question her ability to handle a school.
She is shown to handle her position as principal professionally with a willingness to listen and learn from her colleague, Lena. After she dismisses Timothy for insubordination, the students refuse to attend class and they organize a rally against the school administration for being 'monocratic' and 'dictatorial'. Monte responds to this in a business-like way and plans on suspending them unless they showed up on Monday. Lena, however, gets Monte to see that she should listen to her students because that is what is important in academia.
Monte is a beautiful, athletic, and fit woman in her mid-thirties. She is of medium height, has brown eyes, and long brunette hair which she usually wears in a ponytail. She dresses in professional business attire when she is at school, dresses more casually on non-work days, and dresses up well on dates and nights out. Monte is a natural beauty and does not wear much makeup.
Wreckage Monte and Lena are in Lena’s office reviewing the summer celebration at Anchor Beach and the first day of summer school. They were able to hire extra teachers for summer school thanks to the Kiefer grant they received in The End of the Beginning. Monte mentions that one of the benefits that come with the grant is a trip for two to D.C. for the national conference in early July. She asks Lena if she can come, and Lena is hesitant in her response. Monte asks Lena when things are going to stop being weird between them. She explains the kiss away and tells Lena that she is straight. She looks to Lena to confirm that the kiss was nothing, and Lena agrees with some relief. Monte asks Lena to think about the Kilfer-D.C. trip and promises that Lena will have a great time.Later that night at the Anchor Beach party, Lena finds Monte dancing with some students on the beach. Monte apologizes while laughing and Lena tells her it’s good for the students to see that she is a human being. Lena brings up the Kilfer-D.C. conference and tells Monte she cannot go on the trip. Monte looks disappointed and asks Lena if she is sure. Lena tells Monte she has too much going on at home and she hopes that Monte can understand. Monte says of course while looking at Stef in the background behind Lena. Déjà Vu Stef and Jenna are having a girl’s night out at a lesbian bar. Jenna is scouting for an age-appropriate partner when she spots an attractive woman at the bar. Stef looks the woman Jenna is checking out and is surprised to see that it is Monte. She tells Jenna that it is Lena’s boss. Jenna makes a sexually suggestive comment and Stef tells her to settle down because Monte is straight since she was married to a man. Jenna reminds her that she was also once married to a man. The next morning, Monte enters Lena’s office. They both try to speak at the same time and laugh embarrassingly. Monte closes the office door and proceeds to share with Lena the difficulty she’s faced with meeting new people. Monte explains that she signed up for a dating site and decided to check all the boxes, seeing as it hadn’t been working out well for her with men. She apologetically tells Lena that the last thing she expected on her first date with a woman was to run into Lena’s wife. Lena tells Monte that she doesn’t have to explain, but Monte insists since she told Lena she was straight. Monte tells Lena that she doesn’t know if she is bisexual or something else, but she wanted to keep an open mind and meet someone nice. Later that evening, Monte comes over to the Foster’s home for a double date with Jenna, presumably set up by Lena after their talk in her office. Lena walks Monte in, and Jenna is immediately stunned by Monte's beauty. They are having dinner in the backyard when Monte mentions that she never heard the story of how Stef and Lena met. Stef shares the story of how she first met Lena when she was separated from Brandon’s father and was looking for a school for Brandon. Lena was head of admissions and they went out a few times before Stef kissed her. As Stef recounts Lena's surprised and cute face, Monte smiles uneasily because of the familiarity of the story. Stef goes on saying that she tried to convince herself she was still into men and Lena was in a relationship at the time, which Lena adds it wasn’t a serious relationship, but she knew she was in love. Jenna points out that Stef had crushes and experience with a woman in college. Stef responds saying everyone had that. Jenna claims she didn’t and asks Monte if she had that experience in college. Monte says no, but thinks for a moment before looking at Lena and admitting that she had crushes. Lena quickly changes the topic to desserts and Monte excuses herself to use the restroom. Monte enters the house and Callie asks Monte if she can talk to her about her independent study. Monte invites Callie to come by her office the next day to discuss it. The next day, Monte stops by Lena's office to thank her for last night. They both make a note of Jenna's enthusiasm and share a laugh about it. Monte goes on to say they went out for a drink after leaving Stef and Lena's house and she found Jenna funny and interesting. Lena asks if Monte wants to see Jenna again and Monte replies that she would unless Lena didn't want her to for some reason. Lena tells Monte that she doesn't want her to date any women. She explains that if Monte was straight, there would be no need to tell Stef about the kiss, but if she was gay, it would be like a betrayal. Monte asks Lena what would happen if she told her wife, and Lena replies that Stef would not be happy with the two of them working together. Monte sincerely apologizes for putting Lena in the situation. She tells Lena that the kiss was just something stupid she did and asks Lena if there is any point in telling Stef if it would only make her uncomfortable. Daughters Monte is in Lena's office discussing administrative matters when Lena sees Jude walk out of his classroom. She steps out of her office to ask him why he isn't taking his math test. Jude yells at Lena that he doesn't care if he fails the math test because Callie is back in the system and Lena and Stef are getting a divorce. After Jude storms away, Lena clarifies to Monte that she and Stef are not getting a divorce and that they are only going through a rough patch. Lena continues, telling Monte that Stef is putting off a counseling session because it is difficult for them to make their relationship a priority with six kids. Monte responds by saying that if they don't, they risk waking up and realizing there is no relationship left. Lena says she doesn’t know how to make Stef see that and Monte suggests that they don't take divorce off the table. Monte quickly explains that some people believe they can neglect their relationship because they think they are never breaking up, but it’s not okay to be unhappy. Lena tells Monte that she is right and she needs to tell Stef. Idyllwild Lena drives up to Idyllwild by herself, since Stef has to stay behind. Stef has to drive the kids the day after. Monte is already there as Lena arrives. Lena asks where Jenna is and Monte explains that Jenna had a PR crisis and she would come later that night. Lena comments that it is just the two of them for dinner. Monte tells Lena she brought organic steak, and Lena shows Monte that she brought a six-pack of wine, explaining that it was buy-five-get-one-free. Monte looks sheepish and pulls out the same six-pack of wine from her trunk. They share a laugh at themselves. Later that night in the cabin, Lena and Monte are sitting on the couch in front of a fireplace. They are teasing one of the Spanish teacher's off-kilter wigs and laughing together. Lena asks Monte how her relationship with Jenna is going. Monte looks hesitant and says it's going fine and she likes Jenna, but she thinks Jenna is developing feelings faster than her. Lena asks how Monte feels about dating women in general, and Monte says she likes the emotional connection and the sex, which they share a laugh about. Lena says that maybe Monte just needs more time, and Monte says maybe, or maybe Jenna isn't the right woman for her. Lena looks slightly uncomfortable, so Monte goes back to joking about the wig when Jenna enters the cabin in their mid-laughter. Jenna senses something and asks what is going on, to which they respond nothing. Monte helps Jenna sit her things down and pours a glass of wine for her. The next day, Jenna arrives at the music competition without Monte. Stef asks her what happened and Jenna says tearfully that she and Monte broke up because Monte has feelings for someone else. Stef asks Jenna who, and Jenna looks at Lena standing in the background. Lucky In her office, Lena asks Monte why she would tell Jenna about the kiss. Monte explains that she finally told Jenna the reason she was having a hard time falling in love with her was that she was already in love with someone else, with Lena. Lena responds that she gets that. Monte looks heartbroken and tells Lena that she knows it's not okay and that she knows Lena doesn't feel the same way about her. Monte promises she would never, ever want to break up a marriage, but she felt the need to say that out loud. Their conversation is interrupted by Nate, Lena's step-brother. Under Water Monte is mentioned when Mariana confronts Lena in front of Stef and Sharon about a raunchy GIF she saw on Twitter, suggesting an affair, and the private conversations and whispering Mariana noticed between Lena and Monte. Lena denies the affair and after Mariana leaves, Lena's gets a call from Monte which she rejects. Later, Monte is in Lena's office. They are discussing Mariana's accusation earlier that morning. They both agree that it would be better to ignore the rumor and not dignify it with a response, and Monte says that kids make up stories about their teachers and principals all the time. Monte shares an anecdote of when she was in grade school, in which there was also rumors of an affair between a music teacher and his TA, but in this case, the affair was real and the music teacher divorced his wife. This arouses Lena's suspicion and she asks Monte if she sent that tweet. Monte looks hurt by the question and asks Lena if she thinks she would do something like that. Lena apologizes and says she has been stressed out, and Monte inquires further. Lena is on the verge of tears, and Monte shuts the office door so they can speak in private. Lena breaks into tears and tells Monte that Stef needs to have surgery, so she will need to take at least a week off. Monte says of course. At this moment, Stef is entering the school campus and sees Monte and Lena alone in Lena's office from the window. Monte asks if the surgery is serious and Lena, visibly trying to regain composure, says she will be fine. Monte apologizes and says she didn't mean to overstep. Minor Offenses Lena and Monte are in Lena's office. A student named Sally Benton is presenting an idea for the student council's community outreach project, which involves converting a space in City Heights into a park or a community garden. Monte says that it is very impressive. Sally also proposes that this project could be her senior thesis if she oversees the development. Lena interjects that since the school funds the community outreach project, it could be perceived as funding her thesis, which is against the rules. Monte asks Lena whether donated materials would be within the rules, and Lena says that it could work. Monte turns to Sally and suggests she show the local nurseries the presentation, they would be lining up to help. Sally expresses a lot of gratitude to Monte and leaves the office. Monte mentions what an incredible young woman Sally is to Lena, and Lena agrees but looks uncertain. A few days later, Monte and Sally are in Lena's office, and Monte encourages Sally to tell Lena the good news. Sally says they got all the materials donated thanks to Monte. Lena questions why it was thanks to Monte and Sally tells her it was because Monte came with her and worked her magic on the guys at the garden store. Monte looks ecstatic and flips her hair playfully. Sally hesitantly asks Lena if this could be her thesis, and Lena says she doesn't see why not. Sally cheers and thanks Monte again before going to class. As soon as Sally has left, Monte turns to Lena and asks what the problem is, as she can tell Lena isn't happy. Lena tells Monte that it is inappropriate. Monte closes the door, questioning Lena. Lena says that Monte is far too involved in a student's thesis and it is against the rules. Monte argues that it is okay to bend the rules for the greater good, and brings up the way she bent the rules to get Jesus back into Anchor Beach. Monte excuses herself for a conference call. EQ Monte is seen telling Lena that some students came forward to complain about Romeo and Juliet because they feel as though it's inappropriate due to suicide. It is brought up to the honor board at school to decide. Brandon makes his argument against Sally Benton and loses, but Monte is shown standing next to Lena, looking more impressed by Brandon's argument than Sally's. Later Sally is seen in Lena's office crying, she tells Lena that Monte kissed her. Sixteen Monte is sitting down with Lena in her office. Lena tells her that Sally Benton came to see her the day before. Monte instantly replies that if she's upset about Brandon having his play elsewhere that she'll have to get over it. Lena informs her that she's upset because Monte kissed her. Lena asked Monte if she kissed her, but Monte sits in silence without responding for a moment. Monte finally responds staying that she did not kiss the student, but that Sally tried to kiss her because she must have misinterpreted her interest in her, as her mentor. Monte instantly assumes that Lena doesn't believe her given their history. Lena responds with confusion and asks why Monte didn't report it. Monte replied claiming that she told Sally that it was not appropriate and that it was unwelcome, but that she didn't see a point in furthering embarrassing her, so she didn't report it. Lena continues to ask Monte why she didn't report it to the school board, but Monte argues that there aren't any legal issues because she's 18 and that she must have been afraid that Monte would tell her parents. Lena informed her that Sally did tell her parents and that they were reporting it. Kingdom Come
Potential Energy Monte is inside the school during the lockdown. She comes out with the rest of the staff when they are rescued. Trust Forty Cruel and Unusual Sex Ed Diamond in the Rough Who Knows Until Tomorrow
Season 2 (9/21)
Season 3 (10/20)
Season 4 (8/20)
Season 5 (4/22)
- Click here to see Monte's gallery.
- Monte had a miscarriage. According to herself, Monte was a few months into the pregnancy when she lost the baby and needed time to grieve before emotionally healing from it. Monte also talked about the instability of her marriage, sometimes believing the stress from the situation caused her to miscarry.
- Monte studied pre-law at Princeton and then received her business degree at Yale.
- At some point, she also graduated from Brown.
- Starting in Season 3, Monte has decided to officially explore her sexuality and see what it is like being with a woman. Monte later explained to Lena that since she had bad relationships with men, she figured to try dating a woman instead. However, Monte has not labeled her sexual orientation until she is sure of herself.
Characters (The Fosters)
|Main||Stef Adams Foster • Lena Adams Foster • Brandon Foster • Callie Adams Foster • Mariana Adams Foster • Jude Adams Foster • Jesus Adams Foster • Mike Foster|
|Recurring||AJ Hensdale • Emma Kurtzman • Ana Gutierrez Foster • Connor Stevens • Daphne Keene • Aiden • Becka • Carmen • Cole • Cortney Strathmore • Declan Rivers • Gabriel Duncroft • Grace • Hayley Heinz • Jack Downey • Jill Quinn • Kelsey • Kiara • Lexi Rivera • Logan Bayfield • Lou Chan • Mat Tan • Monte Porter • Mr. Timothy • Nick Stratos • Noah Walker • Poppy Sinfuego • Rafael • Rita Hendricks • Robert Quinn • Sophia Quinn • Talya Banks • Taylor • Tess Bayfield • Vico Cerar • Wyatt Casey • Ximena Sinfuego • Zac Rogers|
|Minor||Amanda Rogers • Captain Roberts • Chase Dillon • Dana Adams • Daria • Devonee • Donald Jacob • Eliza Foster • Ernesto Rivera • Evan • Frank Cooper • Gabi • Joe Gray • Karina Sánchez • Kat • Kyle Snow • Liam Olmstead • Nathan Adams • Olivia • Sarah • Sharon Elkin • Sonya Rivera|