Superintendent Debra Livingston has named Chris Martin the new Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education in Manchester. The Board of School Committee approved the appointment at last night’s regular meeting. The position had been open since former assistant superintendent Karen Burkush retired in June.
Martin is no stranger to the city and its schools, having grown up here. She attended Manchester public schools, starting at Green Acres Elementary School, and she has worked in the district for nearly three decades. Ms. Martin has been principal of Webster Elementary School since 2010.
“This school district is a part of who I am,” said Ms. Martin. “I am proud of this district and have a vested interest in its success. I have a passion for doing great things on behalf of the children of Manchester.”
She began her education career in 1988 as the music teacher and chorale director for what was then Hillside Junior High School. She also taught music at several other schools in the 1990s, including Beech Street Elementary and Southside Middle School, before moving to the Manchester School District office in 2003 to be the Director of Fine Arts, overseeing faculty and curriculum for art and music programs across the district, among other responsibilities.
As the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, Ms. Martin’s focus will be on curriculum and programs specific to kindergarten through fifth grade.
“Ms. Martin is a proven leader, and her commitment to educating students in our city is as strong as ever,” said Superintendent Debra Livingston. “She is the right person to continue the progress our elementary schools have made and keep them moving forward.”
Ms. Martin will earn her doctorate in education from Plymouth State University in May 2016. Her undergraduate and master’s degrees were completed at the University of New Hampshire. She begins her assistant superintendent duties this week. A new principal for Webster Elementary School will be named as soon as possible.